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Lab ImageDaniel Ortiz-Barrientos

The University of Queensland
School of Biological Sciences
Goddard Building
Brisbane, Queensland 4072


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, QTL Mapping, SNP Mapping
Research Description: In the Ortiz-Barrientos lab we study both speciation and adaptation. We use daisies, such as sunflowers and groundsels, as systems of study. We are primarily interested in the role of natural selection in driving divergence, particularly when diverging populations have the potential for gene flow. In our systems we can study the evolution of reproductive isolation, the genetic basis of parallel evolution, and the ecological genomics of adaptation. We combine ideas and tools from quantitative, population, and classical genetics, and perform experiments both in the field and in the laboratory. We have recently started to use next- generation sequencing techniques to build robust population trees and study genome-wide patterns of differentiation or association.
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Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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