Aven Nelson Room 114
Department of Botany, 3165
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Office: Aven Nelson 110B
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)
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.
(Please see my website)
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.
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.