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Dr. Elizabeth Alter

My research focuses on evolutionary and ecological genetics of aquatic species. We use genomic information to understand how the earth’s biodiversity is created and maintained, particularly in the context of changing climate and other human impacts.

This work examines the genetic vestiges left by past environmental and ecological conditions and is integrative in nature, drawing from evolutionary genetics, phylogenomics, predictive habitat modeling and isotope studies.  We conduct research in three specific areas: 1) Evolution and conservation of fishes; 2) Assessing biodiversity in coastal marine ecosystems using metagenomics and environmental DNA; and 3)Population genomics and ancient DNA studies in threatened species, including marine mammals. In all our projects, we seek to to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts, while providing research opportunities to help undergrad students experience how science is done.


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2019 Alter Lab