Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Willett Lab in the Biology Department at UNC

Research in the Willett Lab

Overview of Research

In the Willett lab we study the genetic basis of evolutionary processes, specifically, the genetics of adaptation and speciation.

We have worked extensively on an intertidal copepod species, Tigriopus californicus, as a model for the study of the early stages of speciation and local adaptation to environmental stresses.  Additional work has centered on thermal biology and pheromone communication in moths.

 

Research in more detail

Evolution of Environmental  Tolerance in Copepods

Genome-wide responses to physiological stress such as heat and salinity

Examination of the factors that underlie reproductive isolation among populations of T. calfornicus

(Photo by Ryuiji Machida)

Thermal Tolerance in Caterpillars

 In collaboration with Joel Kingsolver's lab at UNC we are looking at how variability in temperatures impacts fitness and interactions with parasites

Get involved in research in the Willett lab!

MEET THE TEAM

Chris Willett

lab photo from November 2021 with a subset of current lab members–(L to R) Chris Willett, Meggan Alston, Katherine Malinski, Stephanie Peak, Aimee Deconinck, and Lorrie He

Meggan Alston

Aimee Deconinck

Graduate Student in EEOB

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Projects: Manduca thermal stress genetic and generational studies,

Copepod population genomic analyses

Graduate student in EEOB

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Projects: Copepod hypoxia and pH tolerance and adaptation,

Manduca thermal behavior

 

Katherine Malinski

Stephanie Peak

Lorrie He

Graduate student in EEOB; joint student with Joel Kingsolver

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Projects: Manduca and Cotesia interactions under thermal stress at immune and genetic levels

Graduate student in EEOB; joint student with Karl Castillo

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Projects: TBD but corals!

Graduate student in EEOB; joint student with Joel Kingsolver

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Projects: TBD not sunflowers!

Lab Alumni

Here are some of the lab members from the summer of 2016:

 

Nedria Thomas, Christian Prosperi, Chris Willett, Jeeyun Lee, Stephanie Hopkins-Spencer

 

Follow link for more photos and alumni!

GET IN TOUCH

CONTACT US!

Phone   

919-843-8663

Email    

Website

Address 

http://bio.unc.edu/people/faculty/willett/

Department of Biology

CB#3280 Coker Hall

UNC Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill NC 27599-3280

How to find us:

START A CONVERSATION

Lab is in 418 Coker Hall and Chris' office is in 406 Coker (at UNC Department of Biology in map above)

 

Parking on campus is somewhat limited with the closest public parking at the Ram’s Head Deck  or the Dogwood Deck.

Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions:

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