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Kara Layton

Assistant Professor

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

Prospective Students:

I am currently accepting MSc and PhD students. Interested applicants should send a CV, an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills. Please check my lab website for additional details.


At the broadest level, my research applies omics tools to advance understanding of invertebrate diversity and the underlying evolutionary and ecological processes generating this diversity. I am particularly interested in (1) invertebrate systematics, (2) using phylogenomics to detect and characterize introgression, (3) identifying the genomic basis of colour pattern variation in aposematic models, and (4) understanding adaptive capacity and its role in climate change response. My team works largely on molluscan systems but we welcome members with diverse interests.