The Bay Lab studies interactions between human-induced changes in the environment and evolutionary processes. This includes how animals respond to changes in their environment that are caused by humans as well as how evolution might mitigate some of the negative impacts of human-induced change. We use a combination of ecological and physiological experiments and large-scale genomic and environmental data. Understanding patterns of evolution associated with anthropogenic impacts across a wide range of non-model animals can ultimately be used to create forward-looking conservation management decisions.
Prediction of future species ranges and forward-looking conservation decisions that account for future environmental conditions require an in-depth understanding of individual, population, and species responses to environmental change. To this end, our research encompasses four broad categories: