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Partial lizard genomes and new analytical tools provide a novel conceptual framework for understanding biogeographic patterns throughout the deserts of western North America

Lizard Genomes Deserts

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Titre : Partial lizard genomes and new analytical tools provide a novel conceptual framework for understanding biogeographic patterns throughout the deserts of western North America

Organismes NSF : DEB Division Of Environmental Biology

Durée : September 1, 2019 — August 31, 2022 (Estimated)

Résumé
The goal of many evolutionary biologists is to better understand the processes that lead to the formation of new species. In addition to providing valuable data regarding how Earth’s history has shaped diversity, results can directly inform conservation and help address biodiversity loss. This study uses genetic data from lizards distributed throughout the arid regions of western North America to better understand how and why new species arise. This study also investigates the prevalence of species unknown to science, and provides formal descriptions of new species discovered. Results of this project directly inform conservation while simultaneously providing a more thorough understanding of the historical processes that led to the evolution of desert species throughout North America. Importantly, this project introduces evolutionary thinking and data analysis to historically underrepresented students enrolled in an undergraduate bioinformatics curriculum. Undergraduates are involved in all aspects of the project from study design and field work to data analysis and writing. Additional broader impacts include working with local institutions to teach genetic concepts to high school students and teachers, facilitation of an institution-wide bootcamp to enhance networking opportunities, graduate student supervision, and local research talks given to the public and to the greater academic community.

Partenaire (s) : Christopher Blair (Principal Investigator)

Bureau de recherche parrainé  : CUNY New York City College of Technology 300 Jay Street Brooklyn NY US 11201-2902

Financement : 412 478,00 ¤

National Science Foundation

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