Research in the Uy Lab aims to elucidate how biological diversity is generated and maintained, with a special focus on understanding the link between mating signal diversification and the evolution of premating reproductive isolation. Divergence in mating signals has been shown to drive speciation yet the underlying genetic changes and ecological mechanisms causing this divergence remain little understood. We use a diverse set of taxa and an integrative approach, which includes molecular phylogenetics, evolutionary genetics, population genomics, microbiology, and behavioral and sensory ecology. Below are several projects that form the foci of research in the Uy Lab.

Multimodal signal divergence & speciation in island flycatchers
Hybridization, neo-sex chromosomes & speciation in island honey-eaters
Molecular basis of adaptive radiation in Darwin's finches
Dynamics of secondary contact in Zosterops white-eyes
Urbanization & animal communication in lizards
Signal divergence & speciation in volcano hummingbirds
Population genetics of island wasps
Crypsis in the pallid ghost crab
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