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Department of Botany|College of Arts and Sciences

Alex Buerkle

Associate Professor

Specialization: Evolutionary Genetics

Office: Aven Nelson 110B
Phone: 307-766-3845


Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Indiana University
B.A., Honors Biology, University of Missouri
B.A., German, University of Missouri


Evolutionary Biology (LIFE 3500)
Computational Biology (BOT 4550/5550)

Research Emphasis

I study the genetics associated with the origin and maintenance of species, by investigating natural hybrids and species that have originated through hybridization.  I also study the genomic consequences of evolutionary adaptation in response to natural selection.  This work is based on the development of novel statistical analyses, some fieldwork and laboratory methods for genomics.

Current Research Projects

(Please see my website) 

Selected Publications

Gompert, Z., M. L. Forister, J. A. Fordyce, C. C. Nice, R. J. Williamson and C. A. Buerkle. 2010. Bayesian analysis of molecular variance in pyrosequences quantifies population genetic structure across the genome of Lycaeides butterflies. Molecular Ecology 19: 2455-2473.

Parchman, T.L., K. S. Geist, J. A. Grahnen, C. W. Benkman and C. A. Buerkle. 2010. Transcriptome sequencing in an ecologically important tree species: assembly, annotation, and marker discovery. BMC Genomics 11: 180.

Gompert, Z. and C. A. Buerkle. 2009. A powerful regression-based method for admixture mapping of isolation across the genome of hybrids. Molecular Ecology 18: 1207-1224.

Buerkle, C. A., and C. Lexer. 2008. Admixture as the basis for genetic mapping. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 686-694.

Buerkle, C. A., and L. H. Rieseberg. 2008. The rate of genome stabilization in homoploid hybrid species. Evolution 62: 266-275.

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