Most of the research in my lab is focused on using molecular techniques to help inform the management of pests and species of conservation concern. We work with captive, natural, restored, and introduced populations of plants and animals. Some current projects include understanding the population structure and dispersal of Texas horned lizards , monitoring endangered marine otters through non-invasive genetic sampling, and genetic monitoring of bats killed by wind turbines. Current invasive species research involves studying the phylogeography and genetic diversity of Brazilian peppertree and hydrilla to determine the origins of invasive populations and gain insight into their success as invaders. These studies are also being conducted to improve the search for biological control insects.
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