Identifying genes responsible for local adaptation from genomic and environmental data

Katie is a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of Zoology at UBC. Before she started working on AdapTree, Katie was studying the population genetics of a rockfish species in British Columbia that can live up to 100 years.  Long-lived species like rockfish (and trees) are difficult to study on short time scales, and so she used simulations to help understand their genetic structure.  She will be applying the same ideas to the AdapTree project, where she will be analyzing thousands of genes to find the ones that make individual trees adapted to their environment.  The role of the simulations will be to help us identify which types of analyses work the best.