landscape genetics, ecological and conservation genomics, adaptive radiation
I study the ways in which geographic and environmental variation shape patterns of genetic and morphological variation. My major research interests lie within three areas in this general framework: 1) landscape genetics, 2) ecological and conservation genomics, and 3) phenotypic evolution.
Current research projects in my lab include:
Landscape genetic studies through time in amphibians and reptiles from California
Convergence and parallel evolution in the adapative radiation of Anolis lizards
Variation in aposematic traits in poison frogs
Conservation genetics in urban-wildland habitat mosaics
Across all of these topics, the work in my lab seeks to integrate genetic, ecological, and landscape data, using a variety of approaches, to gain a more complete understanding of natural diversity.
Wogan G.O.U., Yuan M.L., Mahler D.L., and Wang I.J. (2020) Genome-wide epigenetic isolation by environment in a widespread Anolis lizard. Molecular Ecology, 29: 40-55.
Wang I.J. (2020) Topographic path analysis for modeling dispersal and functional connectivity: calculating topographic distances using the topoDistance R package. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 11: 265-272.
Yuan M.L., Jung C., Wake M.H., and Wang I.J. (2020) Habitat use, interspecific competition, and phylogenetic history shape the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in Lesser Antillean anoles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 129:630-643.
Yuan M.L., Wake M.H., and Wang I.J. (2019) Phenotypic integration between claw and toepad traits promotes microhabitat specialization in the Anolis adaptive radiation. Evolution, 73: 231-244.
Gray L.N., Barley A.J., Poe S., Thomson R.C., Nieto-Montes de Oca A., and Wang I.J. (2019) Phylogeography of a widespread lizard complex reflects patterns of both geographic and ecological isolation. Molecular Ecology, 28: 644-657.
Wang I.J. and Shaffer H.B. (2017) Population genetic and field-ecological analyses return similar estimates of dispersal over space and time in an endangered amphibian. Evolutionary Applications, 10: 630-639.
Lourenco A., Alvarez D., Wang I.J., and Velo-Anton G. (2017) Trapped within the city: Integrating demography, time since isolation and population-specific traits to assess the genetic effects of urbanization. Molecular Ecology, 26: 1498-1514.
Wang I.J. and Bradburd G.S. (2014) Isolation by environment. Molecular Ecology, 23: 5649-5662.
Wang I.J. (2013) Examining the full effects of landscape heterogeneity on spatial genetic variation: a multiple matrix regression approach for quantifying geographic and ecological isolation. Evolution, 67: 3403-3411.
Wang I.J., Glor R.E., and Losos J.B. (2013) Quantifying the roles of ecology and geography in spatial genetic divergence. Ecology Letters, 16: 175-182.
Honors and Awards
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2019)
Hellman Fellow, Hellman Foundation (2016)
Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator's Award, American Society of Naturalists (2013)