Research in our lab is focused on evolutionary genetics. We are particularly interested in speciation, hybridization, and the genetics of adaptation, with complementary fascination by details of meiosis and computational science. In our research we utilize tools from molecular biology, computational biology, statistics, and modeling. Members of the lab have studied the genetics of a variety of organisms (including butterflies, conifers, dicots, and fish) and share a curiosity about the processes of adaptation, hybridization and speciation. Additional details ...

Lab members

  • Alex Buerkle, Principal Investigator
  • John Calder, postdoctoral researcher
  • Josh Harrison, postdoctoral researcher (starting January 2018)
  • Vivaswat Shastry, M.S. student (starting January 2018)
  • Recruiting new students for Fall 2018 (see Information for prospective students).

More information about current and former members of the lab


  • hindex — software for estimation of a hybrid index
  • introgress — software for mapping components of isolation in hybrids
  • bamova — software that implements a Bayesian Analysis of Molecular Variance
  • bgc — software that implements Bayesian estimation of genomic clines
  • dfuse and simadmix — programs for forward-in-time simulation of hybridization and admixture


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