Assistant Professor of Biology
063A Gilmer Hall
Lab: (434) 924-1930
The Bergland lab studies the genetic basis of rapid and cyclic adaptation in the wild. For our work we focus on two systems, Drosophila and Daphnia. Our Drosophila work examines adaptation to seasonally variable selection pressures associated with life in temperate environments. Daphnia work focuses on rapid adaptation to predation and the role of sexual systems in the maintenance of genetic diversity. Our research relies laboratory and field work and incorporates population genomics, computational biology, and quantitative- and molecular genetics. Graduate students are encouraged to work across these disciplinary boundaries.
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