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 recruits graduate students through three graduate fields at Cornell: Natural Resources, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Zoology & Wildlife Conservation. Your choice of graduate field to apply through will depend on your research and career interests. Read about these programs online and then contact me for guidance.

Oyster larvae stay close to home

2018 oyster settlement counts show that the only known reproductive population in the Hudson River is not spreading its reproductive bounty very far...

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Oysters thriving in Hudson River

Congrats to Katie McFarland for her new PLoS ONE paper: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0207368#pone-0207368-g006

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Hare Lab recruiting PhD student

interested in using genetic/genomic approaches to measure and understand adaptive capacity of populations for application in fisheries management and population restoration contexts. Apply to the Natural Resources graduate field, Dec. 1 deadline.

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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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