Research in my lab focuses on three major areas: molecular ecology and conservation, population genetics, and molecular evolution. My main research goal is to understand the effects of ecological, demographic and environmental processes on the genetic variability of natural populations. Specific research topics include the effects of fragmentation and small population size on the genetic diversity of wild species; the relationship between genetic variability and fitness and its potential effects on the probability of extinction of natural populations; and the identification of Evolutionary Significant Units for conservation and natural resource management. Research in molecular evolution is focused on the origin and evolution of genes and gene families. My research lines combine the use of molecular genetic techniques, field studies on natural populations, and analytical tools in population genetics and molecular phylogenetics. Graduate students in my lab can choose to do their research in any area of evolutionary ecology, ecological a nd conservation genetics, and/or molecular evolution.
*Herman, T.A. and J.L. Bouzat. (2016) Range-wide phylogeography of the four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum): Out of Appalachia and into the glacial aftermath. Journal of Biogeography, in press. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12679.
Bradie M. and J.L. Bouzat. (2015). Patterns and processes in gene-culture co-evolution. Evolutionary Biology. DOI 10.1007/s11692-015-9342-7.
*Lyons A., Hoostal M.J.* and J.L. Bouzat, 2015. Characterization of major histocompatibility complex class I loci of the Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) and insights into avian MHC evolution. Genetica 143: 521-534. DOI: 10.1007/s10709-015-9850-5.
*Lyons, A., Lisnizer, N., Garcia-Borboroglu, P., Yorio, P., and Bouzat, J.L. (2015). Genetics and Demography of Kelp Gulls (Larus Dominicanus) in Patagonia. Ornitologia Neortropical.
Bouzat, J.L., 2014. Darwin’s Diagram of Divergence of Taxa as a causal model for the Origin of Species. Quarterly Review of Biology 89: 21-38.
*Ross, J.D. and J.L. Bouzat, 2014. Genetic and morphometric diversity in the Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) suggest discontinuous clinal variation across major breeding regions associated with previously characterized subspecies. The Auk 131: 298-313.
Bouzat, J.L. and M.J Hoostal,* 2013. Evolutionary analysis and lateral gene transfer of two-component regulatory systems associated with heavy metal tolerance in bacteria. Journal of Molecular Evolution 76: 267-279 (featured in journal’s cover).
*Knafler, G.J., Clark, J.A., Boersma, P.D., and J.L. Bouzat, 2012. MHC diversity and mate choice in the Magellanic penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus. Journal of Heredity 103 (6): 759-768 (featured in journal’s cover).
Bouzat, J.L., 2010. Conservation genetics of population bottlenecks: the role of chance, selection, and history. Conservation Genetics 11: 463-478.