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Evolutionary Genetics Lab

The Nietlisbach lab at the School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, studies evolutionary and conservation genetics and genomics. The central theme of our research is investigating the causes and consequences of patterns of genetic variation, an essential component of biodiversity. Genetic variation is of key importance in evolutionary biology, because genetic variation forms the basis for evolution to act on.

We use a variety of methods ranging from data collection in the field, genetic and genomic analysis, computer simulations, theory, and statistical approaches. We currently work on projects that focus on the consequences of inbreeding in small populations of song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) and North American deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) on the Canadian Gulf Islands. We additionally study a local population of house wrens (Troglodytes aedon).

Are you interested in joining our lab? We are always looking for motivated students. Please contact Pirmin Nietlisbach ( to discuss possible projects or to schedule a meeting. Please make sure to include a current CV and a summary of your research experience and interests.

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