Presenter

Lucinda  Lawson

Dr Lucinda Lawson

Ph.D. in Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of Chicago

Biography

I am a computational evolutionary biologist focused on understanding how species diverge and evolve due to intrinsic and extrinsic forces in their environment. Much of my work looks at how past processes (vicariance, climate cycles, invasions, etc.) have led to current distributions and divergence patterns, tackling both macro and micro-evolutionary questions. I also work in conservation biology, using these past processes to predict ranges and population survival into the future for vulnerable species. I am primarily a herpetologist, though I work on a diverse range of systems depending on the evolutionary or conservation question that needs to be answered. For example, though I have studied frogs and salamanders in North and South America, my main research system is African amphibians, an ideal model for many evolutionary processes of high conservation priority. In addition to this system, I work extensively in Darwin's finches and have new projects developing in Appalachian salamanders. And as applying computational tools to a variety of systems is one of the perks of being a computational biologist, I dabble in fire ants, freshwater mussels, elephant shrews, moths, fruit flies, and whatever other collaborative projects come along that can benefit from an evolutionary perspective to understand why the world works in the way it does.

About

Institution:
University of Cincinnati

Role:
Assistant Research Professor

Country:
United States

Subjects:
HerpetologyComputational Molecular BiologyEvolutionary BiologyConservation Biology

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