Harvard University
Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

A haiku about polyploids

by Jesse Hollister:


Polyploids persist

But require more changes





Some A. arenosa fan-writing: A fun collection trip report by Katherine Xue, a senior thesis student in our group, published in Harvard Magazine.

Intragenomic adaptation

  • We seek to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation to genome duplication in Arabidopsis arenosa.
  • We are interested in the evolution of functionally interconnected gene networks.

Habitat adaptation

  • We are interested in identifying genes involved in the evolution of weedy lifestyles in high risk environments.
  • We are studying variation in perenniality in A. arenosa.
  • We are interested in exploring possible links between habitat adaptation and the evolution of meiosis.