The Genomic Basis of Environmental Adaptation in House Mice

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Michael Nachman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building
Dr. Michael Nachman

A major goal in biology is to understand the genetic details of how organisms adapt to novel environments.  I will discuss recent studies on the genetic basis of environmental adaptation in mice which have recently colonized North and South America from Europe.  Through a combination of field and laboratory studies, we have begun to identify genes that underlie complex traits, including those that are adaptive in different environments.  I will also discuss the role of phenotypic plasticity is facilitating the colonization of new environments.