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Doug Taylor

Commonwealth Professor of Biology


059 Gilmer Hall

Lab: (434) 982-5218



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Our research involves population genetics, molecular evolution and genomics, with a focus on evolution in spatially structured populations (so-called metapopulations). We use molecular methods, field work and theory to explore diverse questions including the evolution of population structure and maintenance of genetic diversity, the genetics of biological invasions, genetic conflict and levels of selection in nature. We are currently leveraging significant resources developed during our long-term (30+ year) study of the ecology and genetics of a natural metapopulation, disseminating those resources and attracting collaborations with other labs; this is a broad and potentially productive opportunity for prospective students.

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