Angela Hawkins doctoral defense, Wednesday, June 6 at 2 p.m. in Butler Hall, room 309.
Title: Molecular approaches to elucidating adaptation to serpentine soils in the Caulanthus
amplexicaulis complex (Brassicaceae)
Heath Blackmon received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied the evolution of sex chromosomes and karyotypes in Coleoptera and other invertebrates. He then transitioned to a postdoc for two years at the University of Minnesota. In Minnesota, he worked on a variety of projects spanning theoretical population genetics and macroevolutionary methods.
His lab will focus on evolutionary genomics with a particular concentration on understanding the dynamics of sex chromosome evolution. [Read more…]