The evolution and genetics of cave fish with an emphasis on understanding the molecular and developmental bases of adaptation and the "eyeless" condition
The Cave Biology Research Group concentrates on the molecular evolution and genetics of cave fishes. Current projects include genomic mapping of the QTL (quantitative trait loci) responsible for developmental changes in eyes, pigmentation and metabolism in Astyanax cave fish from Mexico and molecular phylogenetic studies of the balitorid cave fishes of SE Asia. The laboratory also engages in an active program of field research, with current efforts in Thailand, Mexico and Brazil.
The main teaching activity is the coordination of the undergraduate Principles of Biology course
American Society of Human Genetics; Genetics Society of America; Society for the Study of Evolution; American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; American Society of Naturalists; National Speleological Society; Sociedad Mexicana de Exploraciones Subterraneas (SMES); Fellow, The Explorers Club
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; SFB Fellow, Theodor Boveri Institute, Würzburg, 1994