• The Hoekstra Lab

    uses wild and laboratory populations of rodents to study the molecular, genetic, and developmental basis of evolutionary change

  • Our Lab

    combines field and laboratory work to study adaptation in natural populations.

  • From Morphology to Behavior

    The Hoekstra Lab uses natural populations of rodents to study the genetic basis of adaptation – from morphology to behavior.

  • Flats from the MCZ Collection

    The lab uses natural history collections to study temporal changes in morphological variation.

  • Long Tails

    PhD student Evan Kingsley studies the genetic and developmental basis of long tails in arboreal forest deer mice.

  • Divergent Sperm Morphology

    Postdoc Heidi Fisher measures divergent sperm morphology associated with sperm competition

  • Video Analysis of Burrowing Behavior

    Graduate student Nicole Bedford uses custom video analysis software to measure burrowing behavior in mice.

  • Linking Pheonotypic Variation

    Morphometrics allow us to link phenotypic variation with genetic changes.

  • Pigment Patterning in Vivo

    Viral vectors are used to test the role of genes, and their underlying developmental mechanisms, on pigment patterning in vivo.

  • Outreach

    Graduate student Emily Jacobs-Palmer does science outreach work in local schools and museums.

  • Monogamous vs. Promiscuous

    Postdoc Heidi Fisher studies sperm cooperation in monogamous versus promiscuous species of mice.

  • Experiment in Progress

    We work with former postdoc Rowan Barrett, using field enclosures to measure fitness in natural populations of mice.

  • Neural Basis

    PhD student Hillery Metz is studying the neural basis of burrowing behavior in deer mice.

  • Skeletal Evolution

    PhD student Evan Kingsley works with both laboratory and field populations to study skeletal evolution in mice.

  • In the Lab

    Graduate student Hillery Metz is studying the genetic basis of burrowing behavior in a controlled lab environment.

  • In the field

    We collect DNA from wild populations of mice across North America.

  • Quantifying Natural Variation

    Postdoc Andrés Bendesky uses automated methods to quantify natural variation in mouse behavior.

  • Natural Selection & Cryptic Pigmentation

    We have used plasticine models to evaluate if natural selection favors cryptic pigmentation in deer mice.

  • Reproductive Traits & Sexual Selection

    We study the genetic basis of reproductive traits (such as sperm morphology and behavior) influenced by sexual selection.

  • Basis of Burrowing

    Graduate student Emily Hager is studying the genetic and neurobiological basis of burrowing in wild mice.

  • Parental Behavior

    Postdoc Andrés Bendesky is interested in the genetic and neurobiological basis of parental behavior in Peromyscus.

  • Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino uses a combination of developmental and genomic approaches

    to uncover the genes and mechanisms underlying the formation of pigmentation patterns in different mammals.

  • Graduate student Nicole Bedford is studying

    the evolutionary history of natural populations and the adaptive alleles segregating wihtin them.

  • Pigmentation & Patterning

    Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino studies the developmental basis of pigmentation and patterning in mammals.