Current R-I Lab members

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Dan Gates

Dan is a postdoctoral scholar who studies adaptive introgression and local adaptation in maize landraces as part of the HiLo project.


Asher Hudson

Asher is a graduate student in Population Biology working on genotype by envrionment interaction in maize as part of the maize diversity project.


Emily Josephs

Emily is an NSF plant genome postdoc working on polygenic adaptation in plants in collaboration with Graham Coop.


Nathaniel Langlois-Ackerson

Nate is a plant sciences major working on thermogenesis and germination in highland maize.


Anne Lorant

Anne is a postdoctoral scholar working on the evolutionary genetics of local adaptation in teosinte. She also moonlights as lab manager.


Wenbin Mei

Wenbin is a postdoctoral scholar who works on copy number variation and inversions in maize and teosinte as part of the maize diversity project.


Sarah Odell

Sarah is a plant biology graduate student coadvised by Dan Runcie, working on evolutionary and statistical genetics in maize.

Ellen Osborn

Ellen is an undergraduate majoring in Global Disease Biology. She is working with Michelle Stitzer on the population genetics of transposable elements.


Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

Jeff is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and a faculty member of the Center for Population Biology and the Genome Center.



Catherine Rushworth

Cathy is a postdoctoral scholar working on the genomics and quantitative genetics of recombination rate variation in maize and teosinte as part of the maize diversity project.


Markus Stetter

Markus is DFG postdoctoral fellow working on domestication and adaptation in polygenic traits in maize and teosinte.


Michelle Stitzer

Michelle is a graduate student in Population Biology, working on the population genetics of transposable elements in maize and Arabidopsis as part of the maize diversity project.


Dianne Velasco

Dianne is a graduate student in Integrated Genetics and Genomics. She studies domestication and evolution of peaches, almonds, and their relatives in the genus Prunus.


Li Wang

Li is a research scientist working half time on studying inbreeding depression and load in maize and teosinte synthetic populations. She’s also crazy about ferns.


Leo Zeitler

Leo is an MS student visiting the lab to work on landrace diversity and double haploids.


Lab Alumni

Visiting Scholar: for >100 hours of scholastic visitation

Fellow of the R-I Lab: for >500 hours of scholastic fellowship

Current Collaborators

Dynamics of quantitative trait evolution and linked selection * Ryan Hernandez * Kevin Thornton

Biology of rare alleles in maize and teosinte

Evolutionary genetics of highland adaptation in maize