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Bonnie Fraser
Lecturer in Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)
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The main goal of my research program is to investigate how adaptation to the local environment shapes evolution at the genomic level. The connections between genotype, phenotype, and selection are at the centre of evolutionary biology. By studying these connections, my research addresses fundamental questions in evolutionary biology, such as:
-How repeatable is evolution?
-How do populations adapt to new environments?
-What maintains diversity within populations?

My research focuses on the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), a fish that has long served as a model system for evolutionary and ecological research. A major part of my research program thus far has been to develop the resources necessary for studying evolution in this fish at the genomic level. My research group will explore the genetics of adaptation in this system using an interdisciplinary approach that combines population genomics, population ecology, experimental evolution, and quantitative genetics.