Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

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Position Title

  • Evolution and Ecology
5310 Storer Hall

Research Interests

My research focuses on the evolutionary processes that shape genetic variation within plant
populations, particularly maize and its wild relatives. By studying how natural selection and
genetic drift influence genetic diversity, I aim to uncover the mechanisms driving adaptation and speciation. My work combines field studies, laboratory experiments, and computational
modeling to investigate how environmental factors and historical events impact plant evolution. This research not only enhances our understanding of evolutionary biology but also provides insights into agricultural practices and conservation efforts, helping to maintain and improve plant biodiversity in changing environments.

Center Affiliations

Education and Degree(s)
  • 1998 B.A. in Botany, University of California, Riverside
  • 2000 M.S. in Botany, University of California, Riverside
  • 2006 Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Georgia