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Huang awarded Tinkle Scholarship

6/30/2011

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“Investigating the genetic divergence of neutral loci among species gives many insights about how species diverged from each other and the evolutionary driving forces behind it,” she said. “However, gene trees constructed from different loci often have different patterns, especially in recently diverged species. Variations between loci on a genome and between individuals in a population need to be considered to obtain a reliable estimation of species history. How to bridge the traditional population genetic approach with the approaches of molecular phylogeny is a field that requires further investigation. My research mainly involves testing how two stochastic processes -- mutation and lineage sorting -- affect our ability to recoverthe history of closely related species with both simulated and empirical data."

The scholarship was endowed by the family and friends of Tinkle, former curator of herpetology and director of the Museum of Zoology.