WHAT IS ECOLOGICAL GENOMICS?
The emerging field
of ecological genomics seeks to understand the genetic mechanisms
underlying responses of organisms to their natural environments.
This is being achieved through the application of functional
genomic approaches to identify and characterize genes with
ecological and evolutionary relevance. By its very nature,
ecological genomics is an interdisciplinary field.
So far, Ecological Genomics refers to the use of any genome-enabled
approach, whether aimed at discovering the ecological functions
of single or multiple genes. We can define ecological genomics
as an integrative field of study that seeks to understand
the genetic mechanisms underlying responses of organisms to
their natural environment. These responses include modifications
of biochemical, physiological, morphological, or behavioral
traits of adaptive significance.
The KSU Ecological
Genomics Institute provides the intellectual and practical
infrastructure for our ecological genomic studies.
Lab is part of a multidisciplinary group that is investigating
the genetic basis for the changes
in nematode species composition in response to environmental cues.