HARVARD UNIVERSITY HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE
The Hoekstra Lab
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyDepartment of Molecular and Cellular BiologyCenter for Brain ScienceMuseum of Comparative Zoology
Members of the Hoekstra Lab study the molecular, genetic, developmental and/or neurobiological basis of evolutionary change.
We use natural populations of rodents to study the genetic basis of natural variation – from morphology to behavior.
We conduct experiments in the field to measure natural variation and fitness in wild populations.
The lab uses natural history collections to study spatial and temporal variation in natural populations.
Lab members conduct scientific outreach in local schools and museums.
Graduate student Jake Gable studies the genetics and development of whisker evolution in arboreal forest deer mice.
Postdoc Caroline Hu is studying the neural basis of burrowing behavior in deer mice.
Graduate student Emily Hager studies the coevolution of morphological and behavioral adaptation to climbing.
Graduate student Caitlin Lewarch is interested in the genetic and neurobiological basis of nesting behaviors.
We use automated methods to quantify natural variation in mouse behavior.
Graduate student Nicole Bedford is studying burrowing behavior in a controlled lab environment.
We collect DNA from wild populations of mice across North America.
We work with former postdoc Rowan Barrett, using field enclosures to measure fitness in natural populations of mice.
Morphometrics allow us to link phenotypic variation with genetic changes.
Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino uses evo-devo techniques to uncover the mechanisms underlying pattern formation in different mammals.
We study the genetic basis of reproductive traits (such as sperm morphology and behavior) influenced by sexual selection.
We have used plasticine models to evaluate if natural selection favors cryptic pigmentation in deer mice.
Graduate student Olivia Meyerson is studying the neurobiological basis of burrowing in wild mice.
Viral vectors are used to test the role of genes, and their underlying developmental mechanisms, on pigment patterning in vivo.
Graduate student Nicole Bedford is studying the evolutionary history of natural populations.
Postdoc Ricardo Mallarino studies the developmental basis of pigmentation and patterning in mammals.
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