mimulus spp

to better understand the origin and maintenance of species, and the variation within and among them, we combine theory and experiment, molecular and transmission genetics, as well as comparative and meta-analyses.

our  research focuses on plant speciation and the roles of hybridization, adaptation, divergence, conflict, competition, mating system evolution, and geographic isolation in generating and maintaining plant diversity.

we aim to integrate these questions and approaches in a diverse collection of emerging model systems with awesome biology and some genomic resources. we are currently eyeing capsella, mimulus, solanum, and cakile as attractive models, but [potential] students, postdocs and collaborators are encouraged to propose taxa best suited to their interest.

the brandvain lab is a proud member of the department of plant biology at the university of minnesota – twin cities. We are also members of evolTWIN – evolutionary biologists in the twin cities.

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(6/24/14) -- Read our new paper about the transition to selfing in Mimulus nasutus, when and where it split from M. guttatus, ongoing introgression between these species, and the action of natural selection against introgression.

(5/21/14) -- Read our new theory . about why many female animals wait for fertilization to complete meiosis.

(4/3/14) -- New paper --Toads with fast evolving mitochondria are not bad moms. (Link).

(3/12/14) -- New paper --Gene interactions in the evolution of genomic imprinting. (Link). This was a fun collaboration between Jason Wolf -- a major advocate of the co-adaptive theory, and myself who played the skeptic. I think the result is a careful and fair look at the theory.

(12/10/13) -- Dena's new paper -- "Budding " speciation is common in Mimulus. (Link)

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