Current Research

From exploring contemporary population dynamics to evolutionary relationships, Robert Wayne’s research uses traditional and next-generation technologies to address ecological and evolutionary questions at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Many of his projects explore genomes for signatures of selection (natural or artificial), local adaptation, patterns of partitioning genetic variation across species and populations, or use a metagenomic approach to understand complex biological systems. In collaboration with Beth Shapiro, DPhil, Wayne co-created a program called Environmental DNA for Science Investigation and Education (eSIE), which gets a broad undergraduate constituency involved in field sampling environmental DNA by leveraging social media, smart phone apps, field trips, and short educational videos. The program also includes a multidisciplinary curriculum, authentic research experiences, and career guidance with the aim of improving scientific literacy and recruiting diverse students.

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