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Cichlid study

Submitted by mparkllan on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:18

Species of African Cichlid fishes and their evolutionary development are the main focus of Albertson’s lab and understanding how environmental factors like types of food sources and availability can influence traits like jaws to fill different niches across different bodies of water. Craig Albertson’s lab studies aspects of evolutionary development to better understand how genotypes become morphologies. His lab follows species from embryo to maturity, documenting everything along the way. In the past Albertson’s lab has studied many aspects of species like Zebrafish and Cichlids and how their populations in various lakes and bodies of water developed such diverse characteristics. His lab includes many members at various levels of education from undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers has published papers on many topics in the field of evolutionary development, genetic and phenotypic expression, evolutionary mutant models for human disease, and morphological features of Cichlids. Studying how all of these factors come together to create large populations is vital to understanding both the origins of these species and how well they can adapt to change helps us understand how their roles in the ecosystem developed and how they will continue to change because of human interference.