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Department of Botany

College of Arts and Sciences

Alex Buerkle


Specialization: Evolutionary Genetics and Computational Biology

Office: Aven Nelson 202


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

Lindtke, D. and C. A. Buerkle. 2015. The genetic architecture of hybrid incompatibilities and their effect on barriers to introgression in secondary contact. Evolution 69: 1987–2004. (article)

Mandeville, E.G., T. L. Parchman, D. B. McDonald and C. A. Buerkle. 2015. Highly variable reproductive isolation among pairs of Catostomus species. Molecular Ecology 24: 1856–1872. (article)

Lindtke, D., Z. Gompert, C. Lexer, and C. A. Buerkle. 2014. Unexpected ancestry of Populusseedlings from a hybrid zone implies a large role for postzygotic selection in the maintenance of species. Molecular Ecology 23: 4316–4330. (article)

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