Current Members


Postdocs and Researchers
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Sorel Fitz-Gibbon
Assistant Researcher
Bioinformatician Comparative Genomics
Email: sorel@ucla.edu
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Rachel Meyer
Post Doc
Rachel Meyer is the executive director of the UC Conservation Genomics Consortium that is focused on using new genomics tools, such as environmental DNA metagenomics, to revolutionize conservation in California. In this role, she manages the program, helps to run their CALeDNA citizen science initiative, and is expanding their botanical research focus under the mentorship of Dr. Sork. She is interested in the whole community maintenance by different oak species in oak-grassland habitats.
Email: rsmeyer@ucla.edu
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Dylan Burge
Post Doc
Claudia Henriquez
Associate Researcher

 


Visiting Scholars
Ingrid Lara
Ph.D Candidate, UNAM-Morelia 


Graduate Students
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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.
Email: sodonnell@live.esu.edu
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Brandon MacDonald
Graduate Student
Studying effects of Climate Change on locally adapted populations of Quercus lobata with implications for phenotypic plasticity.
Email: brandonwsmacdonald@gmail.com
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.
Email: alayna.mead@gmail.com

Undergraduate Students
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Michelle Lee
I am analyzing morphological data from the common garden experiment at Placerville to understand genetic differences across populations of valley oak, Quercus lobata.
Email: mjlee2016@ucla.edu
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Lauren Lill
I am analyzing data collected from an ongoing common garden experiment at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville. The study is looking at the relationship between genotype and phenotype of valley oak, Quercus lobata.
Email: lalill@ucla.edu