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) 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 marine mammals. In all our projects, we seek to to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts.
- Our team
- Our team, fish-face version
2018 Alter Lab
- Nathan MorrisNathan is a fourth year PhD student in CUNY working on metagenomic analyses of NYC waterways including Jamaica Bay.
- Sam ChinSam is an EEB PhD student and is interested in using eDNA methods in marine conservation. His projects include eDNA in the Hudson and Bronx Rivers, and Florida mangroves.
- Ana PerezAna is a Masters student working on population structure in fishes of the lower Congo River.
- Nigel SampsonMy name is Nigel and I am a current biology major with an Interest in pursuing a PhD in virology. Outside of the classroom, my interests include soccer, international politics, economics and philanthropy in the Afro-Caribbean community.
- 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.
- Laraib TariqI’m an undergraduate biology major. I am interested in learning how biodiversity can be understood through using different metagenomic techniques (eDNA). I aim to gain knowledge about the relationship between biodiversity patterns and the environment in marine ecosystems.
- James Keanu CreedJames is an undergraduate Bio major working on morphometrics in African cichlids.
- Zahra AlkaifiZahra is a Bio major interested in marine ecology and mentoring.
- Vimal RamnarainI am Vimal Ramnarain, a Junior with hopes of graduating with a BS in Biology. I believe that my future resides in the medical field, and this belief has led me to develop an interest in Biology-related research.
- Andria JamesAndria is a junior Bio major working on phylogenetic analysis in African cichlids.
- Davendra RamnarainDavendra is an undergraduate Biology major and is working on a project on metagenomics and environmental DNA.