Adaptive evolution, the product of natural selection, underlies much of all biological diversity. The Caicedo Lab seeks to understand the genetic basis of adaptation, as well as the population and genomic context in which adaptive evolution occurs. We focus on the study of loci contributing to traits of evolutionary or ecological importance and the processes governing diversification within and between closely related plant species. Among the questions we address are:
Which are the genes underlying adaptive traits?
How is variation at these genes distributed at the population level?
What evolutionary forces act on these genes and what are their molecular and genomic signatures?
To this effect, research in the lab spans a range of disciplines, including population genetics, molecular evolution, evolutionary ecology, phylogeography, and evolutionary genomics.