Gugger Lab

   Ecological Genomics

Featured Research

Through an NSF-funded project, we are developing genomic resources for oaks to understand how tree populations adapt to different climates and how they respond evolutionary to environmental change....




Research in the Gugger Lab focuses on the central questions of how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental variation and what are the implications for conservation under global change. Specific areas of interest include the genetic and epigenetic basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing divergence among populations and closely related species, and the role of hybridization in adaptation and speciation. We integrate approaches from population genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, phylogeography, paleoecology, and climate niche modeling, typically in non-model tree species of ecological and economic importance. We also work on a variety of collaborative projects on bat conservation genetics, microbial ecology, and other topics.


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Frostburg, Maryland 21532