The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Conservation Genetics and Molecular Ecology

Our focus in this field is the application of molecular population genetics, molecular systematics and phylogenetics, and molecular genomics to questions of conservation and ecological importance. In particular we gather genetic data on individuals and populations - using a variety of genetic tools at the level of single genes or DNA regions, to the cutting edge genomic-level markers which cover the entire or very large parts of the genome simultaneously – to questions of applied management related importance.  Questions can be grouped into several categories including molecular evolution and phylogenetics; behavioral ecology; population dynamics and gene flow; forensics, ancient DNA, and other non-invasive sampling methods;  Genetics to study the ecology of infectious disease; detect and study invasive species; genes and their interaction with the environment (and environmental stressors); and community ecology.