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 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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(4/10/15) -- A nice review of the Mimulus meeting that we organized with Josh Puzey last summer by Alex Twyord, Matt Streisfeld, David Lowry, and Jannice Friedman . Fond memories, and a nice reminder to get back to Mimulus research and community building .

(2/13/15) -- Now in evolution ahead of print. Our new paper with Graham Coop shows that given the opportunity, sperm will evolve to enforce fairness in female meiosis. Blogged about at mathbionerd.

(1/5/15) --Azira Rivera awarded North Star STEM Alliance Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her project on compensatory evolution of indels for the spring of 2015! Way to go Azira!!!

(1/5/15) -- Our preprint on bioRχiv. Shows that selfing plants have larger and more northerly ranges than their outcrossing relatives, and that ranges of selfing species increase with split time from their most recent outcrossing relative. Dena led an awesome team with Ryan Briscoe Runquist and Emma Goldberg. This is our first UMN-authors-only paper!

(12/9/14) -- In our new essay in PLoS Biology we argue that evolutionary theory can be very useful even when it doesn't generate easy to test predictions, because it can test complex chains of logic. This was a fun paper to write with Emma Goldberg, Jeremy van Cleve, and Maria Servedio's Lab.

(11/20/14) -- Cesar Torres awarded best poster at the UMN Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students for his work on admixture in horses. Congrats Cesar!! [see Cesar's poster ].

(11/1/14) -- Dena's new paper demonstrates that pollinator mediated competition keeps the 'bi' in Mimulus bicolor.

(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.


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