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January 2010 - March 2011

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

PI: Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Phylogenetics and Niche Evolution in Live Oaks (Quercus series
Virentes
)

These researchers are examining evidence for genetic structure and diversity within the live oaks and the influence of genetically based variation on traits predicting species range limits and gene flow. They are also examining the historical biogeographic explanations for population genetic structure related to morphological and physiological traits.

To do this, the researchers are analyzing sequence data from across the live oak range in seven different species and multiple populations within each species. They use nuclear microsatellites, non-recombining nuclear sequences within ITS and NIA-i3, and chloroplast DNA sequences that were obtained from samples collected throughout the range of live oaks. They use the software program Sequencher for this research. 

Group Members

Alyson Center, Graduate Student
Paul Gugger, Research Associate
Kari Koehler, Staff
Jessica Savage, Research Associate
John Vincent, Graduate Student
Xiaojing Wei, Graduate Student