Awarded GGI Peer Grant for $9,086 to work on whipsnakes!

Along with Dr. Ed Myers at the National Museum, I was awarded a $9,000+ research grant to resolve the phylogeny of North American whipsnakes (genus Masticophis). We are using a target capture approach to sequence over 5,000 loci with complete population-level sampling to hopefully sort out what has been a very difficult phylogenetic problem. Both Ed and I worked on this group of snakes during our dissertation, but by using different genetic approaches and different geographic sampling, neither of us were able to figure out the whole picture. Now, by combining our samples and using this approach with thousands of loci, we hope to get a better picture of how these enigmatic snakes evolved.

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