The Weisrock Lab at the University of Kentucky


    We are an evolutionary biology research group in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky.

     Research in our lab centers on using genetics to resolve the geographic boundaries of species in nature, reconstruct the relationships among these lineages, and address the mechanisms that have led to their formation.  At the population level our research seeks to understand the adaptive and non-adaptive factors that influence gene flow and drive speciation. At a more macroevolutionary level we use phylogenetic approaches to resolve the evolutionary history of species assemblages and the rates at which they form.

    The advent of genomics has been especially valuable for our research and we increasingly focus our efforts on analytical approaches that permit the summarization of population-genetic and phylogenetic information from across the genome.

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Our work is supported by the

National Science Foundation

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