627 N PLEASANT ST
Amherst, MA 01003-9354
Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Research in my lab aims to better understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype (i.e., G-P). For reasons of experimental utility and evolutionary richness, our main experimental model is the skeletal system in bony fishes. Our general approach is to integrated studies in laboratory models (e.g., zebrafish) and natural populations (e.g., cichlid fishes) to address questions related to the development and evolution of complex morphologies. Methods of study include quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping, population genomics, quantitative RT-PCR, in situ hybridization, experimental embryology, and quantitative shape analysis (geometric morphometrics). In addition, we seek to make more general contributions to the field in the form of new conceptual and predictive frameworks for evo-devo studies. Specific on-going research topics/themes in the lab include:
1. Genetic/genomic basis of adaptive morphological variation.
2. Molecular basis and evolution of phenotypic plasticity.
3. Mechanisms that regulate skeletal development, growth and homeostasis.
A more detailed description of ongoing research in the lab, as well as a list of current and past lab personnel may be found on the Albertson Lab website.