Rachael Bay (PI)

I am interested in how human actions impact evolutionary trajectories. I work in broad range of taxa, but my main study systems are marine organisms and migratory birds.


Nicole Adams (Postdoc)

Broadly, I am interested in understanding variation in natural populations. My dissertation examined the effects of demographic changes on genetic diversity, specifically in the threatened Channel Island fox, by conducting an exome capture on DNA extracted from museum tissue and blood samples. I am currently working on climate-associated genetic variation in North American migratory songbirds in collaboration with the Bird Genoscape Project.

Twitter: @adams_ne


Lauren Schiebelhut (Postdoc)

With range-wide sampling and whole genome sequencing I am exploring the relationships between genomic, phenotypic, and environmental variation in the ecologically important eelgrass, Zostera marina.


Twitter: @LMSchiebelhut


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Leslie Herrera (PhD Student - IGG)

I am a PhD student in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group at UC Davis. My research interests are understanding the interactions between heritable genetic variation and thermal tolerance plasticity. My study system is coral. Understanding this mechanistic link is important in this system because corals are sessile animals that must be able to cope with their rapidly changing environment due to climate change. When not in the lab, I am cooking, working out, or working on projects from my microcontroller kit.

Brooke Benson (PhD Student - PBGG)

I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Population Biology Graduate Group and Sustainable Oceans NRT Trainee. I am broadly interested in understanding how the world’s oceans are responding to anthropogenic disturbance, with my past work focusing on the role of temperature variation in coral thermal tolerance. I am passionate about engaging broader communities with science, encouraging society to evaluate how we relate to and interact with the environment, and understanding how marine ecosystems function in a changing world.


Twitter: @bebenson9


Madison Armstrong (PhD Student - PBGG)

I am a PhD student in the Population Biology Graduate (PBG) Group at UC Davis and I am broadly interested in adaptation, urban evolution and environmental influence on the genome and epigenome. More specifically, I am interested in how marine invertebrates adapt to human-induced environmental change such as pollution or other anthropogenic stressors in urban environments. Outside of research, I enjoy participating in science outreach events, increasing my plant collection, and boxing.

Twitter: @chattymaddie_