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.


New Surf Clam Project

With funding from the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council we will be working with state surveys in MA, NY and NJ as well as a contractor to sample both Spisula subspecies and use genetic markers to quantify patterns of gene flow within subspecies and identify...

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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 downstream. These 2018 results are from a collaboration with Mike McCann at The Nature Conservancy and Liz Burmester...

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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 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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