College of Biological Sciences
This group studies plant evolution and genomics. Current research focuses on three groups - sunflowers (Helianthus spp), rosinweed (Silphium spp), and Clarkia. The group's major computational genome efforts for the year are continued populaiton genomic analyses and sequence generation for Silphium (hundreds of samples), as well as development of a de novo Clarkia genome (the researchers have 60X PacBio data and plan to assemble shortly), as well as resequencing of ~200 Clarkia samples. In addition, they will conduct numerous whole genome simulations to evaluate evolutionary theory.