Welcome to the Lozier Lab
The Lozier lab uses molecular data to address basic and applied questions about evolution and ecology in wild populations, with topics ranging from conservation of bumble bees, genetics of biological invasions, speciation, and the origins of phenotypic diversity. Much of our work investigates the role of spatial and abiotic variation in structuring neutral and adaptive genetic variation across species ranges, and linking genetic variation to phenotypic variation to obtain a complete picture of adaptation.
We are particularly interested in applying whole genome sequencing, reduced-representation sequencing, and functional genomic sequencing (e.g., RNAseq) to investigate phylogeography, adaptation to challenging environments, and ways to predict the future effects of habitat fragmentation on historically well-connected populations. Much of this work involves exploring methods to generate large numbers of genetic markers from high-throughput sequencing to enable strong inferences about evolutionary patterns in wild populations.
Check out the Research Page for an overview of previous and ongoing projects, the News page for ongoing lab happenings and project updates, and you can see some of our organisms of interest and field sites in the images to the left. Masters and PhD students who are interested in a broad range of topics in evolutionary biology, ecology, conservation, and population genetics are welcome to apply to the lab. At the moment, my own work deals largely with invertebrates (insects and freshwater mussels), but students should feel welcome to work on any organism of interest. I am also always on the lookout for motivated undergraduates interested in field and laboratory experience.