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Karen Eileen Bobier

Contact Info

C328 Davison Life Sciences

5th Year PhD Candidate

Co-Advised by John Wares and Bud Freeman

B.S. Marine Biology (2013) - University of California Santa Cruz

For my dissertation research, I am studying divergence evolution of genes and populations. I am examining the evolution of the DNA methyltransferase gene family in vertebrates. I am mostly focused on the evolution of these genes in fishes, because little is known about their function in this group and how it might differ from their homologs in mammals. I am also studying if the geologic process of stream capture, which moves the paths of flow of smaller streams between larger river systems, is a mechanism of dispersal and vicariance for freshwater species by comparing the genetic divergence of populations on either side of a stream capture to the timing of the geologic event. 

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Species Conservation
  • Genomics
  • Sustainability
  • Fisheries
  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA Methylation

Awards and Funding

  • Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship, 2019
  • MBARI Summer Research Internship, 2019
  • Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund, 2017
  • Travel Stipend Society for the Study of Evolution, 2016
  • NIH T32 Genetics Training Grant, 2016
  • Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund, 2016
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention), 2016
  • Scholar of Excellence Assistantship – University of Georgia, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Gene 3000 - Evolution, Fall 2018
  • Gene 3200 - Genetics, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2019
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Peer Reviewed

Correa, S.B.,  J. K. Arujo, J. Penha, C. N. da Cunha, K. E. Bobier, J. T. Anderson. Stability and generalization in seed dispersal networks: a case study of frugivorous fish in Neotropical wetlands. Proc. R. Soc. B 2016 283 20161267; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1267. Published 31 August 2016


B. Freeman, K. Bobier, K. Petersen, J. Wares. Status of Nothonotus darters in the Lower Etowah River and Raccoon Creek. 2016

Robbins, K., K. Bobier, D. Hubacker. Petaluma Watershed Steelhead Monitoring Report: 2014/2015 Spawning Surveys. 2015.

Morrison, A., K. Bobier, B. Keimel. Petaluma Watershed Steelhead Monitoring Report: 2013-2014 Spawning Surveys. 2014.

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Dissertation Chair

John Wares


Committee Members

Travis Glenn

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science

Mary Goll

Assistant Professor

Allen J. Moore

Distinguished Research Professor

External Committee

Byron Freeman (Co-advisor)

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