Lab News

Congrats to Andrés Bendesky for being awarded a NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award for his work on the genetics of social behavior (07/15)
Congratulations to Emily Jacobs-Palmer, Hillery Metz, and Evan Kingsley, all of whom successfully defended their doctoral dissertations! (05/15)

Undergraduates Young-Mi Kwon and Tess Linden have both been awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for their outstanding senior theses (05/15)
  • The Hoekstra Lab uses wild and laboratory populations of rodents to study the molecular, genetic, and developmental basis of evolutionary change.
  • Our lab combines field and laboratory work to study adaptation in natural populations.
  • The Hoekstra Lab uses natural populations of rodents to study the genetic basis of adaptation – from morphology to behavior.
  • The lab uses natural history collections to study temporal changes in morphological variation.
  • PhD student Evan Kingsley studies the genetic and developmental basis of long tails in arboreal forest deer mice.
  • Postdoc Heidi Fisher measures divergent sperm morphology associated with sperm competition.
  • Graduate student Nicole Bedford uses custom video analysis software to measure burrowing behavior in mice.
  • Morphometrics allow us to link phenotypic variation with genetic changes.
  • Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino uses viral vectors to test the role of genes, and their underlying developmental mechanisms, on pigment patterning in vivo.
  • Graduate student Emily Jacobs-Palmer does science outreach work in local schools and museums.
  • Postdoc Heidi Fisher studies sperm cooperation in monogamous versus promiscuous species of mice.
  • We work with former postdoc Rowan Barrett, using field enclosures to measure fitness in natural populations of mice.
  • PhD student Hillery Metz is studying the neural basis of burrowing behavior in deer mice.
  • PhD student Evan Kingsley works with both laboratory and field populations to study skeletal evolution in mice.
  • We collect DNA from wild populations of mice across North America.
  • Postdoc Andrés Bendesky uses automated methods to quantify natural variation in mouse behavior.
  • We have used plasticine models to evaluate if natural selection favors cryptic pigmentation in deer mice.
  • PhD student Emily Jacobs-Palmer and postdoc Heidi Fisher are studying the genetic basis of reproductive traits (such as sperm morphology and behavior) influenced by sexual selection.
  • Graduate student Emily Hager is studying the genetic and neurobiological basis of burrowing in wild mice.
  • Postdoc Andrés Bendesky is interested in the genetic and neurobiological basis of parental behavior in Peromyscus.
  • Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino uses a combination of developmental and genomic approaches to uncover the genes and mechanisms underlying the formation of pigmentation patterns in different mammals.
  • Graduate student Nicole Bedford is studying the evolutionary history of natural populations and the adaptive alleles segregating within them.
  • Graduate student Hillery Metz is studying the genetic basis of burrowing behavior in a controlled lab environment.
  • Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino studies the developmental basis of pigmentation and patterning in mammals.