The role of mitochondrial physiology in animal evolution
My research program focuses on the role of mitochondrial physiology in evolutionary processes such as adaptation, co-evolution of genomes, life-history evolution, and sexual selection. There are two specific aspects of mitochondria that are key to my research: 1) the canonical depiction of the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) is not representative of most eukaryotes and 2) mitochondrial-nuclear interactions are required for mitochondrial function.
The evolution of sex, mitochondrial mutation rates, and mitonuclear interactions
Investigating the molecular and structural basis for the coloration of the most colorful bird in North America
Hybridization, mitochondrial divergence, and ketocarotenoid production
Population-specific ketocarotenoid production in Halocaridina rubra
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