landscape genetics, landscape ecology, ecological and conservation genomics
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.
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.
Zhang Y., Wang I.J., Comes H.P., Hua P., Qiu Y.-X. (2016) Contributions of historical and contemporary geographic and environmental factors to phylogeographic structure in a Tertiary relict species, Emmenopterys henryi (Rubiaceae). Scientific Reports, 6: 24041.
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.
Wang I.J. (2011) Inversely related aposematic traits: reduced conspicuousness evolves with increased toxicity in a polymorphic poison-dart frog. Evolution, 65: 1637-1649.
Honors and Awards
Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator's Award from the American Society of Naturalists (2013)