Welcome to the Storfer lab

In the Storfer laboratory, we use genetic and genomic tools study the processes that lead to the geographic distribution of genetic variation. These processes include selection and gene flow, which can lead to patterns of local adaptation. We use approaches in landscape genetics and landscape genomics to elucidate these patterns across natural populations. Using our strategic lab design We study emerging infectious diseases, specifically amphibians pathogens and infectious cancer that infects Tasmanian devils as major selective forces that can lead to geographic patterns of genetic variation, local adaptation and ultimately coevolution. We also study species’ range limits – a central mystery in ecology and evolutionary biology is why most species’ range limits are not demarcated by obvious geographic boundaries.