Welcome to

The LAQE

The Laboratory of AQuatic Evolution at The University of West Alabama

NEWS

20180327_122443.mp4
Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

Who we are

Researchers at The Laboratory of AQuatic Evolution are motivated to better understand the diversification of aquatic life. We apply phylogenetic systematics and related statistical methods to identify genomic signatures of reproductive isolation and natural selection within and among wild populations. We use similar methods to detect species living in aquatic environments (eDNA). Our shared ethos is to conserve freshwater animals, as they rank among the world's most endangered species. In order to accomplish this goal, we highlight the societal benefits brought by healthy local aquatic ecosystems, especially those relating to human disease risk.

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

What we do

Researchers at The Laboratory of AQuatic Evolution are motivated to better understand the diversification of aquatic life. We apply phylogenetic systematics and related statistical methods to identify genomic signatures of reproductive isolation and natural selection within and among wild populations. We use similar methods to detect species living in aquatic environments (eDNA). Our shared ethos is to conserve freshwater animals, as they rank among the world's most endangered species. In order to accomplish this goal, we highlight the societal benefits brought by healthy local aquatic ecosystems, especially those relating to human disease risk.

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

Where we go

Our work takes us to places near and far, from the shoals of Alabama's Cahaba River, to the depths of Siberia's Lake Baikal, to the rainforests of French Guiana. There is nowhere we won't go to catch fish in the name of science! For more information (and photos) of our field sites, follow the links to our research pages.

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

How to get involved

The LAQE is growing, and we want to work with you! If you are interested in joining our research group, contact Dr. Sandel to request more information. Collaborators are always encouraged to reach out, especially if you share our dedication to serving underrepresented groups in science. Prospective students and collaborators can contact Dr. Sandel at msandel @ uwa.edu. Click the button below for more.

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

In 2015, LAQE leadership led an effort to enroll UWA in the HHMI Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program. This program involves the search for viruses that kill bacteria. These viruses offer an alternative therapy for disease caused by drug-resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs." During their first year on campus, SEA-PHAGES students develop skills including experimental design, critical thinking, wet and dry lab protocols, and scientific communication.This program has improved the preparation of UWA undergraduates for advanced biological research in the LAQE and beyond. Click on the link above for more information about the SEA-PHAGES program.

Image courtesy of D. Wheaton

Evolution in Extreme Aquatic Environments

Image courtesy of D. Neely

Molecular Ecology of Invasive Species