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Who we are.

Lab Members

Brant Faircloth (curriculum vitae)

Principal Investigator

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2008

I'm interested in understanding how evolutionary history shapes the genetic variation within species and populations and how differences in genetic variation translate into phenotypic differences at the population level. I'm also interested in how genetic variation shapes and affects ecological communities. Much of my work integrates aspects of different fields, including evolutionary biology, genomics, computational biology, ecology, and field biology. I, and the rest of the lab, work with a number of collaborators.

Carl H. Oliveros (curriculum vitae)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2015

I am interested in studying patterns of avian diversification in the archipelagos of Southeast Asia to learn about biogeographic history and mechanisms that have generated current diversity. More recently, I have been studying ways to improve species tree inference with genomic data in a coalescent framework and applying them to resolve relationships in rapid avian radiations.

Jessie F. Salter (curriculum vitae)

Ph.D. Student

Co-advised by Robb Brumfield
B.A., Occidental College, 2014

I'm interested in understanding the drivers of avian biodiversity. My undergraduate research focused on comparative phylogeography of Mexican birds and adapting sequencing protocols for use with older museum specimens. In the Faircloth Lab, I hope to further develop my research questions and learn cutting-edge methodological and computational techniques.

Anna E. Hiller

Ph.D. Student

Co-advised by Robb Brumfield
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2014

Glaucia C. del Rio

Ph.D. Student

Co-advised by Robb Brumfield
B.S., University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2011
M.S., University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2014

I am a Brazilian ornithologist interested in Amazonian birds. I am currently using genomic tools to investigate how Amazonian river headwaters might work as drivers of speciation.

R. Austin Clark

Undergraduate Student

I am a Biology major on a James M. Koenecke Memorial Scholarhip. I am working in the Faircloth lab through LSU's Future Leaders in Research Program.

Former members


We collaborate with a number of different laboratories and research groups throughout Southern California and the United States. These include: