The Hamilton Lab broadly focuses on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to local adaptation within natural and managed plant populations
Our research bridges population, landscape, and functional genomics combining genomic data, environmental data, and quantitative experiments to understand the genetic basis of traits important to adaptation to climate, climate-related stresses, and disease.
February: Post-doc extra-ordinaire Lauren Sullivan from the University of Minnesota is visiting to work on our Prairie Smoke dispersal project
February: Jill is up in Winnipeg (again!) visiting the University of Manitoba and speaking in the Department of Biological Sciences seminar series. Excited to exchange ideas with our northern neighbours!
December: Jill is excited to be the Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Society of Plant Biology & Canadian Botanical Association Joint Western Regional Meeting in Winnipeg this month. She'll be talking about 'Teasing apart the genetic basis of adaptation in a changing climate'
November: Excited to be hosting Dr. Mike Barker this week from the University of Arizona to learn more about 'Genome Duplication and the Evolution of Plant Diversity'
October: Congratulations to Stephen Johnson, the October 2017 Undergraduate of the Month in Biology! We are so proud to have you in our group!
October: Jill will be speaking at the Minnesota Phenology Network Annual Fall Gathering this month at the Itasca Biological Station at Lake Itasca, MN. Hope to see you there!
September: Our research featured this month in the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Our Torrey pine research makes the argument for the importance of genetic rescue research in conservation
September: Excited to announce the success of a new grant in association with Sean Hoban and the Morton Arboretum Center for Tree Science on Torrey pine genomics! Stay tuned for the graduate recruitment announcement!
August: Congratulations to Zeb Yoko for his 3rd place finish in the ESA Restoration Section poster competition! Pretty great thing for a first major conference!! Kudos!
August: NDSU put out a press release featuring our Torrey pine research this month. Kudos to the wonderful undergrad, grad students and collaborators that make this research possible!
August: Our first experimental paper from the Torrey pine project came out in Ecology & Evolution this month - so excited to continue this great work!
August: Jill and Zeb are at ESA in Portland this month talking about Torrey pine and Prairie Smoke projects.
July: Congrats to Lionel - who has a new paper out from his MS research on invasion genetics of the famous Pelophylax frog complex! A great case study for examining species invasions using genetic tools.
July: Congratulations to Lionel who received the Cross Ranch Fellowship for his Torrey pine research. Great work!
July: New review paper with awesome collaborator, Dr. Jasmine Janes out on the role of hybridization in forest management and conservation under climate change.
June: Jill, Lionel and Stephen are in California collecting Torrey pine cones for a large ex situ conservation collection funded by the US Forest Service. #TeamTorreyPine
June: Jill was awarded a Bioinformatics Seed Grant from NDSU to study the impact of polyploidy and hybridization on evolutionary diversification.
June: Jill was recently interviewed by Jacob Sandoval, a student from San Diego State University about our research on Torrey pines, bark beetles, and their impacts to the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.
May: Congratulations to Lionel who has received the prestigious Shockey-Scoby Graduate Award. Very well-deserved!!
May: Jill's Graduate Alumni Profile is now featured on the UBC Graduate Studies website.
May: Congratulations to Lionel who was awarded the Suzy Schmoll Scholarship and Oliver LaVoy Memorial Scholarship. Great work, Lionel!
May: Congratulations to Zeb who received a scholarship to attend the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics this summer at the University of Washington!
April: The Hamilton Lab's research is featured this month at the Minnesota Phenology Network - we're hoping to engage citizen scientists to aid us in our phenological research on Prairie Smoke and white spruce.