Dr. Elizabeth Alter
My research focuses on evolutionary and ecological genetics of marine, estuarine and freshwater 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) Population genomics and ancient DNA studies in marine mammals; 2) Evolution and conservation of fishes; and 3) Assessing biodiversity in coastal marine ecosystems using metagenomics and environmental. In all our projects, we seek to to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts.
2015 Alter Lab
- Nathan MorrisNathan is a second year PhD student in CUNY working on metagenomic analyses of NYC waterways.
- Sam ChinSam recently joined the lab as an EEB PhD student and is interested in using eDNA methods in marine conservation.
- Ana PerezAna is a Masters student working on population structure in fishes of the lower Congo River.
- Daniella AriasDaniella is an undergraduate Biology major working on urban marine metagenomics.
- Jessica MirandaJessica is a an undergraduate Biology major, awarded a Polgar Fellowship from the Hudson River Foundation for her studies on environmental DNA to detect American eels.
- Jelaini CobbJelaini is a Biology major interested in veterinary science.
- Vanessa GelinVanessa is an undergraduate Biology major learning metagenomic techniques.
- Ivana RomanIvana recently joined the lab as a technician and is interested in evolutionary and ecological genetics of fishes and other organisms.