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Newly funded! 2016-2019
NSF, Evolutionary Ecology. Collaborative Research: The Genetic Basis, Biosynthetic Pathways and Evolution of Geadephagan Chemical Defense, with Kipling Will (UC Berkeley), Wendy Moore (Univ. of Arizona), and Athula Attygalle (Stevens Institute).
What do we do?
We explore evolutionary patterns and processes that drive functional diversification. We are particularly interested in how multi-species interactions shape diversity on a genome-wide scale and influence form and function. Our research combines applied molecular biology with next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. We use plants and insects as models to study adaptation and current projects focus on the evolution of chemical and structural defenses.
News: The Renner Lab is moving to the Pennsylvania State University in July 2017. I am recruiting graduate students to join either the Department of Entomology or the Huck Institutes of Life Science Plant Biology graduate program. Read more here.
Dr. Tanya Renner
Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology