Reproductive isolation and reinforcement paper is out!

Congratulations to Sevan, whose paper on reproductive isolation and reinforcement in Phlox is out in Evolution! You can find her paper here (and you can find her in a faculty position at the University of San Francisco!)

Heather’s paper on pollinator behavior is published in Ecology and Evolution.

Congratulations to Heather (and co.)  on the publishing of “Variation in context-dependent foraging behavior across pollinators.” Read the paper here.

Self- and Interspecific- Incompatibilities paper is online

Federico’s paper on the correlation between self- and interspecific- incompatibilities in Phlox drummondii is online for early view in New Phytologist! Read the paper here!

Dr. Robin Hopkins wins science teaching award

Dr. Robin Hopkins received the 2018 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching! This award is given to teachers of introductory courses who “inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas.” Congratulations Robin!

2018 Field work season!

Graduate students Ben Goulet and Austin Garner, along with research technician Matt Farnitano, have been hard at work planting and collecting Phlox species in Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Midwest.

Field team poses with their gardens

Common garden experiment at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Cuttings transplanted to the field

Phlox amoena (Hairy phlox) field site

Robin gets her hands dirty planting cuttings

Phlox subulata (moss phlox) found in the field by Austin

View from the field station in Livingston, Illinois.

Purple and white flowers in a population of Phlox bifida (cleft phlox).

DaRin Butz Interns

Welcome to Bridget Bickner and Derek Schneider, who will be working in the Hopkins lab this summer as part of the Arnold Arboretum’s DaRin Butz Foundation Research Internship Program. Bridget is an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Derek is an undergraduate at Amherst College. Bridget will be studying the source of flower color differences in Phlox, while Derek is working on mechanisms of Phlox self- and interspecific-incompatibility.

Ben Goulet receives Rosemary Grant Award

Congratulations to Ben Goulet, who has received a 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant, the Rosemary Grant Advanced Award, from the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). This award is meant to help Ph.D. candidates expand the scope of their research projects. You can read more about the award here.

Review paper on genomics of reinforcement

Congratulations to Austin on the publication of his review, Genomic signatures of reinforcement, in the journal Genes. Find the paper here.

Explosive Pollen paper is published!

Congratulations to Dr. Callin Switzer on the publication in The American Naturalist of his paper on explosive pollen dispersal in mountain laurels! You can read about the study in the Harvard Gazette here, or find the original publication here.

Tatiana joins the lab!

We are excited to welcome Tatiana Ruiz Bedoya to the lab! Tatiana is here for six months as part of the Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), an institutional partnership between Uppsala University in Sweden, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, and Harvard. She will be studying the mutational source of flower color differences in Phlox drummondii.