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Current Lab Members

Nooria Al-Wathiqui
Graduate Student
I am interested in the role of sexual selection in the formation of new species. My current project in the Dopman lab explores the European corn borer male pheromone and the role it plays in reproductive isolation between the two ECB strains. When I'm not in the lab, I'm at home with my cats Domo and Baby.
Gabriel Golczer
Graduate Student
I am interested in processes of speciation, specifically speciation with gene flow and/or in sympatry. My current project in the lab is testing for genetic isolation by reproductive time between populations that differ in dormancy timing using large genetic data sets (Sequenom Assays) from different wild populations. I like to use different computational tools in order to analyze those data sets, specially using R. When not in the lab, I like to watch Sci-fi or Fantasy movies or TV shows.
Genevieve Kozak
Postdoctoral Researcher
My research focuses on how reproductive isolating barriers evolve and lead to the formation of new species. I study how isolation originates between populations within a species as a result of natural selection, and then compare patterns of isolation arising within species to those that exist between species. I am currently working on identifying the genes that contribute to post-diapause development time between strains of European corn borers and measuring the fitness effects of causal genes on temporal isolation in both the lab and field..
Becca Levy
Graduate Student
I am interested in speciation and the microevolutionary processes by which reproductive isolation evolves. My current project examines whether temporal isolation might have evolved due to selection along a latitudinal clinal gradient.
Jessie Martin
Graduate Student
I study the genetic basis of reproductive isolation and speciation. I am currently investigating the relationship between genetic differentiation and reproductive isolation at known "barrier" genes. My current project focuses on the pgFAR gene, which is responsible for the different pheromone blends produced by the two strains of moths.
Crista B. Wadsworth
Graduate Student
My current research studies the genetic and physiological basis of seasonality. Alteration of seasonal timing contributes to a rapid change of life-history and speciation, yet little is known the evolution of this trait. For my research I am using two strains of ECB that differ in the seasonal timing of generations.
Shoshanna Kahne
Undergraduate Student
My current research project is related to mapping the genetic basis of a temporal reproductive barrier. I use next-generation sequencing technologies and comparative genomics to develop markers for fine mapping the region controlling variation in postdiapause development time. This work offers a rare opportunity to study the evolution of a potential "speciation gene".
Gabriel Spieler
Undergraduate Student
My research is on the relationship between genetic differentiation and reproductive isolation between sympatric species.
Melissa White
Undergraduate Student
Molecular basis for postmating-prezygotic isolation between ECB strains.