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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 working with mimulus, capsella, helianthus, and silphium and [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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(4/12/16) -- So proud of and happy for former postdoc, current collaborator, and friend forever, Dena Grossenbacher, who will be starting an assistant professor gig at Cal Poly San. Luis Obispo. CONGRATS DENA!

(4/10/16) -- Molly Schumer and I uncover challenges in identifying interspecific incompatibilities from admixed populations, Interpret your data with care [read the paper in Molecular Ecology].

(2/11/16) -- In our new paper , Stephen Wright and I think about selection's limits in non-equilibrial populations.

(12/16/15) -- In Dena's new paper (with Ryan, Emma, and Yaniv) shows that selfing does not facilitate co-occurrence between close relatives.

(7/22/15) -- New paper from Yaniv's postdoc led by Alisa Sedghifar develops theory for the mixing of genomes in spatial contact zones.

(6/30/15) -- Excited to welcome Adam Herman (from Dan Schoen's group) into the lab. Welcome back to the US! Adam will be working on perreniality, hybridization and other things in sunflowers

(5/18/15) -- Dena's new paper shows that selfing species have larger ranges than their outcrossing relatives.

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