Using genomics to understand ecological processes

Some of the most pressing questions in biology are at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and genetics. To what extent will climate change and environmental degradation drive extinction? What role will rapid adaptation play and can this be enhanced?

Although my research in this area has largely outlined the considerable limitations of direct genes-to-ecosystem approaches, my ongoing research is revealing the tremendous utility of whole genome data when combined with data on phenotypes and population size. Ultimately, I believe that work in model systems will translate to leap forward in our understanding of population regulation and community ecology in nature.

Seth Rudman
Seth Rudman
Assistant Professor

The Rudman lab at WSU-Vancouver uses experiments and genomic tools to answer questions about the ecological and evolutionary fates of populations inhabiting rapidly changing environments.