Our primary research interests are on understanding the consequences of population bottlenecks for both crop plants and endangered species. Domestication and breeding cause severe reductions in effective population size, and can eliminate adaptations to stressful conditions in crop plants. Endangered species often undergo severe bottlenecks as their habitats are degraded, fragmented, and destroyed. We work with a variety of plants, from crops such as chickpea, pigeonpea, and mango to endangered species like the Keys Tree Cactus and Miccosuke Gooseberry, to the model plant Medicago. Our work involves field experiments, greenhouse manipulations, and laboratory work.
Find out more by exploring our publications (see Eric's google scholar link http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4ROHkhYAAAAJ), or contact us to inquire about opportunities for students and postdocs.