Meet the team

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.

 

Group photos

2018 Alter Lab