Molecular Ecology, Genetics and Genomics of Tree Populations

 

The evolution of local adaptation shapes the genetic and phenotypic variation that determines the survival of tree populations.  A question today is how are long-lived species going to survive the human induced rapid environmental changes induced by ecosystem modification and climate change.  My research team is developing the iconic California signature tree, valley oak (Quercus lobata), as a model tree system to study how trees can tolerate such rapid changes.  We are also conducting a variety of ecological, genetic and genomic projects to better understand how natural selection and gene flow influence ecological and evolutionary dynamics of tree populations. Here is a list of major ongoing and recent projects in our lab.

 Quercus lobata SW786, Sedgewick Reserve, CA

Quercus lobata SW786, Sedgewick Reserve, CA

  • Valley Oak Genome Project (NSF-PGRP)
  • Epigenetic studies of valley oak: Quercus lobata
  • Landscape genomic studies of various tree species
  • Ecological genomics of valley oak
  • Phylogeography of valley oak
  • Phenology of valley oak trees at Sedgwick Reserve
  • Landscape genetics and California oak species
  • Phylogeny and hybridization in California oaks
  • Phylogeography of the lace lichen
  • Pollen and seed dispersal studies

 

Contact Information

Victoria L. Sork

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California Los Angeles
Office: 4139 Terasaki Life Sciences Building
610 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, California 90095-7239 USA

Phone: 310-825-4959,
310-825-7755

Emailvlsork@ucla.edu

Faculty Website

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