Welcome – Hare Lab

Research Interests:

Population and conservation genetics, ecological genomics, and phylogeography.

Research Goals:

We are a diverse lab addressing both basic and applied questions in animal systems. Our basic research addresses adaptive capacity of populations using a combination of experimental and observational population genomic approaches. For example, how do we explain apparent local adaptation at surprisingly small geographic scales relative to average dispersal distances? In high fecundity species, how much does early viability selection (phenotype/environment mismatch) shape spatial variation in population fitness and maintain high levels of within-population genetic variation? Our applied questions are diverse, usually collaborative, and often use genetic variation as a marker for occupancy of particular species in an ecosystem. Longstanding research questions include the genetic and fitness consequences of population supplementation using hatcheries, and the pattern and scale of gene flow in coastal marine species. More recent efforts have included applications of spatial mark-recapture using individual genetic ID from mammal scat or hair, metabarcoding for diet analysis, and environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring of amphibians and their pathogens in vernal pools.


Graduate Student Recruiting:

Matt Hare is in the Department of Natural Resources and primarily recruits graduate students through the Natural Resources graduate field. Students with conservation and evolutionary genetic interests are currently needed. He also is a member of graduate fields Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Zoology & Wildlife Conservation and will consider applicants to those programs. Your choice of graduate field to apply through will depend on your research and career interests. Read about these programs online and then contact Dr. Hare for guidance.


Genomics of Oyster Domestication

We are excited to be working with the eastern oyster breeders consortium on a new project funded by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Hare Lab will be investigating genomic signatures of domestication selection in eastern oysters.

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Welcome Hannah Hartung!

Hannah joins the Hare Lab as a MS student in Natural Resources. She finished her studies at UC Boulder in evolutionary biology and astrophysics and joined us in June for a summer full of oyster research field...

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Welcome Kira Treibergs!

July 15, 2019: Kira is part of a cohort of postdocs who joined Cornell departments in 2019 to work with faculty on building more active learning pedagogy into existing and new courses. Dr. Hare will work with Kira to develop teaching modules on critical thinking,...

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Hare Lab at the Cornell Dairy

Hare Lab at the Cornell Dairy

Danielle Bitencourt Araujo
Danielle Bitencourt Araujo hunting the elusive wild tadpole.

Matt, Yuka, Jenn, Carmel Fromston
Matt Hare, Yuka Kutsumi, Jennifer Zhu, and oyster gardener Carmel Fromston examine oyster cages at World’s Fair Marina, New York City.

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