Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology
Lab Affiliation: Carlos Botero
I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist studying the effects of fluctuating and harsh environmental conditions on physiological evolution, speciation, and global biodiversity patterns. I use the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (the same organism used for brewing, winemaking, and baking) to understand how environment shapes physiology over hundreds of generations through experimental evolution in the laboratory. I complement my experimental work with biogeographic and comparative phylogenetic studies designed to assess the interacting contributions of climate and geography to physiological evolution, diversification processes, and biodiversity patterns on a global scale. My research generates fundamental insights into the consequences of climate change and extreme climate events for species diversity and deepens our understanding of species evolutionary responses to novel environmental conditions. I am currently conducting NSF-funded research in the Botero Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, and I maintain close collaborative ties to the Fay Lab at the University of Rochester.
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