Genomics Research Director and Education Coordinator
Year Started at JMU: 2020
Contact Info
Website: https://sites.google.com/virginia.edu/karen-barnard-kubow/home

Research Description

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in how the diversity of life we see around us is generated and maintained. My research asks, what are the processes that drive genetic divergence between populations, leading to the formation of new species, and what are the processes that maintain genetic diversity within populations. I focus on the dynamics of cytonuclear co-evolution and incompatibility in the herb Campanula americana, and reproductive polymorphism in the water flea, Daphnia pulex.

  • PhD in Biology, 2015, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • MS in Biology, 2008, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • BS in Biology, 2005, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Select Publications
  • Barnard-Kubow, KB, McCoy, MA, and Galloway, LF. 2017. Biparental chloroplast inheritance leads to rescue from cytonuclear incompatibility. New Phytologist 213: 1466- 1476.
  • Barnard-Kubow, KB, So, N, and Galloway, LF. 2016. Cytonuclear incompatibility contributes to the early stages of speciation, Evolution 70: 2752-2766.
  • Barnard-Kubow, KB, Sloan, DB, and Galloway, LF. 2014. Correlation between sequence divergence and polymorphism reveals similar evolutionary mechanisms acting across multiple timescales in a rapidly evolving genome. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:268.

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