Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Trait Evolution

Plants have evolved certain traits that enable them to survive and diversify over time. The history of genetic and genomic changes that have led to or even enabled trait evolution is one of the major focuses of the lab. Currently, graduate students are investigating the genetic mechanisms underlying two very interesting traits that have evolved multiple times in land plants: thermogenesis and carnivory.


Gene networks underlying the induction of thermogenesis in cycads
  • Macrozamia RNA-Seq; collaboration with Dr. Irene Terry, University of Utah.
Chitinase evolution and carnivory in the Caryophyllales