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Kara Layton

Assistant Professor

BSc, University of Guelph
MSc, University of Guelph
PhD, University of Western Australia



At the broadest level, my research applies genomic tools to advance understanding of invertebrate diversity and the underlying evolutionary and ecological processes generating this diversity. I am particularly interested in i) using phylogenomics to resolve evolutionary relationships in molluscs, ii) detecting and characterizing introgression and its role in adaptation, iii) identifying the genomic basis of colour pattern variation in shell-less molluscs, and iv) understanding adaptive genomic variation and its role in climate change response. My team works largely on molluscan systems but we welcome members with diverse interests.