The Davies Marine Population Genomics Lab

Welcome to the Davies Lab website!

We are a new research lab in the biology department at Boston University. In September of 2017, Dr. Sarah Davies brought on lab manager Brooke as well as her first graduate student Nicola to get the ball rolling. Since then, the lab has grown to 8 people with the addition of 5 outstanding undergraduate researchers (see Current Members to meet them!).

Our lab is interested in how changing climates and ongoing anthropogenic habitat modifications threaten natural ecosystems worldwide. In response to these threats, a species has four choices: i) remain in the natal habitat but suffer reduced fitness, ii) acclimate to current conditions by modifying its physiology, iii) adapt to the local environment through natural selection on standing genetic variation, or iv) disperse to new, more favorable environments. We use molecular techniques to understand how these processes of acclimation, adaptation, and dispersal govern an organism’s response to rapid climate change. Our research focuses on marine invertebrates, encompassing both tropical coral species across the globe as well as organisms local to New England, like the temperate coral Astrangia and the slipper snail. 

Click through the website to learn more about us and our current projects!