Contact

alice.shanfelter@uga.edu
Office:
C214 Davison Life Sciences

B.S. (2015) Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S. (2015) Chemistry, Virigina Commonwealth University

Positions held/ Professional Affiliations:

  • Developmental Biology Graduate Student Association Secretary
  • Member of Society for Study of Evolution

Presentations/Awards:

  • The Evolution of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates in Threespine Stickleback, poster, Evolution 2016, Austin, TX
  • The Evolution of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates in Threespine Stickleback, Oral presentation, SEPEEG, Madison, FL
  • Best Graduate Student Talk, SEPEEG¬†
  • The Evolution of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates Across the Young Threespine Stickleback Sex Chromosomes, Evolutionary Genomics of Sex 2016, Tempe, AZ
  • Travel Award, Evolutionary Genomics of Sex, Tempe, AZ

 

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

I am interested in the evolution of recombination rates across genomes. Most recombination occurs in small 1-2kb regions known as hotspots. How hotspots are targeted is variable across species. However, it is important to understand how hotspots are targeted as recombination plays an important role in genome evolution. We use threespine stickleback fish as model system to examine how recombination rates and hotspots change across a short evolutionary time scale between stickleback populations (~ 10,000 years).