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New tools for investigating replicated adaptive radiation

PI(s): Luke Mahler (Harvard University)
Start Date: 18-Jul-2010
End Date: 11-Aug-2010

This project will fill an important gap in the study of adaptive radiation through the development of analytical tools for identifying and analyzing convergence among whole radiations. I will develop a quantitative measure of convergence among independently diversifying lineages and build alternative models for convergence arising from similar adaptive landscapes, developmental constraints, or variation in the rate of evolution. I will then use these methods to investigate convergent patterns of phenotypic evolution in a classic case of replicated adaptive radiation – the Anolis lizards of the Greater Antilles.