Funding

I am currently supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Reseach Fellowship in Biology, which will run until July, 2016. You can read more about this grant here.

From the abstract:
The main goal of this project is to investigate the underlying genetic architecture associated with bark thickness as a fire-adapted phenotype in four, economically-important, closely-related, species of pines with a range along the eastern and southeastern United States. Using next-generation, genotype-by-sequencing approaches, the study will determine the degree to which the genetic architecture for this complex trait is shared across natural ranges and multiple evolutionary time scales, and how the variability observed can inform breeding plans to minimize the negative financial impact that bark mass has on the forest industry. This research will 1) provide new genomic resources for non-model species; 2) augment existing plant genomic resources; 3) address fundamental principles in evolutionary biology; and 4) serve to inform and improve breeding programs and land management initiatives.