…Dr. Erica Bree Rosenblum
Research in the Rosenblum lab emphasizes understanding the processes that generate and impact biological diversity, with a focus on adaptive evolution across different levels of biological organization. We employ functional and comparative genomics tools to develop a mechanistic understanding of adaptive traits at the molecular level. However, we also work with real organisms in their real habitats, and our research is motivated by evolutionarily and ecologically important questions.
We are interested in both sides of the evolutionary “coin”: speciation and extinction. We generally study these processes in novel or dynamic environments because the signature of rapid evolution in response to new selection regimes is inscribed clearly at multiple levels.
We use signatures of change at varied levels - from genes to phenotypes to behaviors to community assemblages - to ask mechanistic questions about speciation and extinction. Currently, we have two primary foci in the lab. First, we are studying the catastrophic extirpation of frogs in response to an emerging fungal pathogen. Second, we are studying the rapid ecological diversification of lizards in response to novel substrate environments. Read more about these projects on our Research page.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Idaho. I conducted my postdoctoral research in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab with advisor Mike Eisen. My postdoctoral research consisted of a molecular dissection of the interaction between frogs and the chytrid fungus responsible for amphibian declines and was supported by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics. I completed my Ph.D. in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California at Berkeley in 2005 with co-advisors David Wake and Craig Moritz. My dissertation research focused on understanding the genetic basis and ecological consequences of rapid divergence in White Sands lizards and was supported by an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, and funds from the Society of Systematic Biologists, the American Museum of Natural History and Sigma Xi. I received my B.A. from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of Brown University in 1996 with advisor David Rand.
Interested in working in the Rosenblum lab?
*THE ROSENBLUM LAB WILL BE MOVING TO UC BERKELEY IN JANUARY 2012 AND WILL BE LOOKING FOR NEW LAB MEMBERS.* The lab at Berkeley will be housed in the Environmental Science Policy and Management Department, and will be affiliated with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who are interested in working in the lab should contact Dr. Rosenblum by email. Undergraduates researchers interested in a laboratory internship can also email Dr. Rosenblum. rosenblum [at] uidaho.edu