My lab is currently working on a number of projects across different systems. Below is a subset of the pieces I personally am working on, but I would encourage you to check out the summaries of the work of the folks in my lab on the People page. I would also encourage you to look at our Google Scholar profiles. The lab's work currently spans Yellowstone cutthroat trout outcomes to connectivity restoration in the face of invasive species, differential effects of hunting compared to culling for managing Chronic Wasting Disease, comparative connectivity and local adaptation of bumblebees, and sever other projects.
Above: Redband trout encountered while fly fishing a local river.
Above: Example of ecological-evolutionary model of climate change accounting for thermal tolerance and habitat selection through behavior. These two represent a subset of the 4 eco-evo scenarios I am exploring.
Adaptive Capacity of Cold-Adapted Trout
One key component of my research interest is in the ability of species to handle environmental change - whether that is climate change or restoration work.
For example, in Redband trout, I am still working on designing agent-based models and landscape genomics to understand the adaptive capacity of Redband trout in Idaho as part of the Idaho GEM3 project. Much of this work is on-going, and in collaboration with folks from across Idaho at part of the Idaho EPSCoR program: www.idahoepscor.org/ and for the project www.idahogem3.org/
Currently my focus has been on extending CDMetaPOP to include plasticity in the models to understand its impact on population persistence in combination with local adaptation (see GitHub page here). This has been in collaboration with Erin Landguth from the University of Montana.
The landscape genomics work for this project was published in Molecular Ecology (Andrews et al. 2023).