The Robertson lab studies the microevolutionary processes that mediate population and lineage diversification, mostly in amphibians and reptiles. Specific areas of interests include: natural selection, behavior and sexual selection, spatial patterns of diversity, the evolution and functional significance of color pattern, population genomics and phylogeography, the California Channel Islands, speciation, and biogeography of Central America.
The Robertson Lab collaborates broadly with other research labs at CSUN, including the labs of Dr. Espinoza (kinship analyses, population genetics, phylogeography of two species of lizard), Dr. Hertel (evolution of behavior of storm-petrels), Dr. Allen (population genetics and phylogeography of fishes and sharks), Dr. Dudgeon (statistical analyses, population genetics of algae) and Dr. Karels (species identification of bobcats using molecular markers). The Population Genetics Core facility in the Department of Biology has recently expanded to include an Illumina MiSeq to support and facilitate the research of Faculty and MS students at CSUN.
NEWS in the LAB
Congratulations to Marjan ‘Maria’ Akopyan — earning high honors at Graduation!
- Nathan O. Freedman Outstanding Graduate Student Award – campus-wide award acknowledges the top graduate student
- Mack I. Johnson Memorial Research Award – College of Science and Mathematics – recognizes outstanding research by a graduate student and academic promise!
Education and Academic History
- University of California, Davis (B.S.)
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (M.S.). Advisor: Karen R. Lips
- Cornell University (Ph.D.). Advisor: Kelly R. Zamudio
- University of Idaho (Postdoc). Advisor: Erica Bree Rosenblum
- Colorado State University (Postdoc). Advisor: W. Chris Funk