Fusaro, Dr. Abigail

Research Project: Molecular ecology and evolution of aquatic insects
Prerequisite: Introductory biology sequence (molecular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology); micropipetting
Description: My research broadly focuses on the application of molecular tools to questions in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology. I am particularly drawn to the study of aquatic biodiversity, including the role of migration among populations in disturbed habitats. These waters have a history of pollution and physical disruption, with implications for environmental and human health. Students in my lab are involved in collection, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and/or sequence analysis of larval insects from streams and waterways in southeast Michigan. Research projects may include the generation and analysis of DNA sequences to explore 1) genetic connections among populations, 2) detection of invasive species, and 3) the influence of heavy metal contamination.