York Expert Talks 'Risks of Assisting Evolution' in Compelling NYT Op Ed Piece

Biology Professor Elizabeth Alter's op-ed piece on "The Risk of Assisting Evolution," has been published in the November 10th 2015 edition of The New York Times:

The Risks of Assisting Evolution

Dr. S. Elizabeth Alter is Assistant Professor, Biology, at York College of the City University of New York;

She also teaches in the Doctoral Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at the CUNY Graduate Center; and Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History. She holds a BA in Organismal Biology and Anthropology from Yale University; MA in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from University of California, Berkeley and the PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Her 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 environmental metagenomics and environmental DNA to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts."

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Marine biology
  • Vertebrate biology and ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental DNA