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Kane, Nolan Coburn Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Dr Kane's research uses population genomics and bioinformatics to address ecological and evolutionary questions related to domestication, adaptation and speciation. In sunflower, hemp, mustard and chocolate species, he examines how hybridization shapes evolution, via origin of new hybrid species, the breeding of domesticated plants, and the spread of invasive species. He is also embarking on projects to use genomics and marker-assisted selection develop more disease resistant sunflower cultivars, and additional projects studying wild sunflowers that have adapted to the shifting sands on the highest dunes in North America, at Great Sand Dunes National Park. He is sequencing hundreds of Cannabis genomes to understand the genetic differences between hemp, medical, and wild varieties, and their evolutionary history. Collaborating with Erin Tripp, he is using metagenomics to study lichen evolution and diversity, and the co-evolution of fungi and their photosynthetic symbionts.

keywords

  • genome assembly, genomics, transcriptomics, comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, domestication of wild species, speciation, adaptation, stress tolerance, population genetics, evolution, sunflowers, chocolate, canola, mustards, hemp, Cannabis

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Teaching

courses taught

  • EBIO 3080 Evolutionary Biology (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 6840 Independent Research (Master's Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 7840 Independent Study (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 4460 Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 5460 Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 8840 Independent Research (Doctoral Level) (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Summer 2018)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Summer 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 6840 Independent Research (Master's Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 7840 Independent Study (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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