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Current members

sork_forwebsite_2016Victoria L Sork

Principal Investigator



Dr. Lily Peck

Postdoctoral scholar

2023 – present

Lily researches the effect of epigenetic processes on phenotype in California oak trees.


Dr. Ryan Buck

Postdoctoral scholar

2023 – present

Marissa Ochoa

PhD student

Berenice Badillo

Graduate student

Heidi Yang

Graduate student

Diego Zapata

Graduate student

Past members

sorel_lighterDr. Sorel Fitz-Gibbon

Assistant researcher

Bioinformatician comparative genomics

Email: sorel[at]

rachelmeyer_croppedforwebsiteDr. Rachel Meyer

Postdoctoral scholar

Conservation genetics

Email: rsmeyer[at]

Dr. Claudia Henriquez

Associate researcher

Email: chenriquez[at]


Dr. Luke Browne

Postdoctoral scholar

Email: lukembrowne[at]



Graduate Students
Scott O’Donnell
Ph.D Student
I am broadly interested in the hybridization and introgression between different species of oak. Specifically, I am interested in the role that hybridization and introgression plays in localized adaptation to climate.
Brandon MacDonald
Graduate Student
Studying effects of Climate Change on locally adapted populations of Quercus lobata with implications for phenotypic plasticity.
Alayna Mead
Graduate Student
I’m interested in evolutionary genetics and genomics, particularly in the gene expression of Quercus lobata during drought stress to assess local adaptation of populations.

Ingrid Lara

Visiting PhD student



Yao Li

Visiting PhD student

Email: liyaolisantu[at]