Research

The Storfer lab: Ecological and evolutionary genomics

As recognized by the National Research Council, two “grand challenges in environmental sciences” for the 21st century are understanding the causes and consequences of the Earth’s diminishing biodiversity and understanding the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. My research is at the interface of these two challenges. Amphibians and Tasmanian devils are marquee examples of global biodiversity loss, and infectious diseases are a leading cause of their declines. My lab employs tools in evolutionary and landscape genomics to understand host-pathogen coevolution of
ranaviruses and tiger salamander and Tasmanian devils and a transmissible cancer.

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