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.