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Eaton, Deren

E3B Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago; B.S. University of Minnesota
Research Description

Dr. Eaton’s research is aimed at developing and applying analytical methods to reconstruct the evolutionary history of organisms, clades, and communities, with a particular focus on flowering plants. Research in the Eaton lab combines comparative genomics, bioinformatics, and field experiments to investigate the impact of reproductive interference (i.e., pollen transfer, hybridization, and/or other negative consequences of interspecific reproduction) on species co-occurrence, genetic composition, and trait evolution. Current projects involve plant communities in the Tibetan plateau, and cloud forests in Mexico and Central America. Other interests include conservation, software development, phylogenetic analysis methods, and comparative genomics in polyploids

Research Keywords: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Phylogenetics, Botany, Hybridization, Reproduction

Representative Publications

Eaton, D.A.R., Hipp, A., Gonzalez-Rodriguez, A. & J. Cavender-Bares (2015).Historical introgression among the American live oaks and the comparative nature of tests for introgression. Evolution 69(10) 2587-2601.

Eaton, D.A.R. (2014). PyRAD: assembly of de novo RADseq loci for phylogenetic analyses. Bioinformatics 30(13): 1844-1849. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu121.

Eaton, D.A.R. and R.H. Ree (2013). Inferring phylogeny and introgression using genomic RADseq data: An example from flowering plants (Pedicularis: Orobanchaceae). 2013. Systematic Biology, 62: 689-706

Eaton, D.A.R., Fenster, C.B., Hereford, J., Huang, S-Q. and R.H. Ree (2012). Floral diversity and community structure in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Ecology, 93: S182:S194.

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