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Alter, Elizabeth

Alter, Elizabeth

Assistant Professor
Biology
Areas of Expertise:
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Marine biology
  • Vertebrate biology and ecology
My research uses molecular phylogenetic methods to understand the evolutionary histories of species and populations, particularly in the marine environment. This work examines the genetic vestiges left by past environmental and ecological conditions and is integrative in nature, drawing from evolutionary genetics, phylogenomics and population modeling. Previous work focused on reconstructing evolutionary history in marine mammals, including developing a novel method for estimating the molecular clock for the hypervariable mammalian control region. A new line of research is concerned with understanding the evolution of morphological and physiological diversity in killifishes, particularly in the genus Fundulus. The ultimate goal is to characterize the interaction between gene flow and environmental factors such as dissolved oxygen and pollutant load in shaping landscape-level adaptive variation in Fundulus fishes.
Education:
DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD Stanford University Biological Sciences 2008 
MA University of California, Berkeley Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management 2002 
BA Yale University Organismal Biology and Anthropology 1997 
Alter, Elizabeth
 

Alter, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor
Biology