Welcome to the Storfer lab
In the Storfer laboratory, we use genomic tools study the processes that lead to the geographic distribution of genetic variation. We employ approaches in landscape genetics and landscape genomics to elucidate spatial patterns of selection and gene flow across natural populations. We study two emerging infectious diseases, specifically amphibian ranaviruses and a transmissible cancer that infects Tasmanian devils, as major selective forces drive evolution and local adaptation. To validate candidate loci, we use transcriptomics and functional genomics tools, such as CRISPR/Cas9 combined with in vitro experiments. 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.