Willett Lab in the Biology Department at UNC
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)
Get involved in research in the Willett lab!
Partial lab photo from December of 2018–(L to R) Alex Samano, Hannah John, Sarah Slay, Meggan Alston, Chris Willett, AImee Deconinck, Katherine Malinski, Lauren Weidenhammer (front row) Melanie Tojong, Brenda Sanchez, Jeeyun Lee, and Maryann Bowyer.
Department of Biology
CB#3280 Coker Hall
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC 27599-3280
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