My research is focused on the phylogenetic relationships of the arctoid carnivores, which are comprised of three major lineages: bears, pinnipeds (seals, fur seals, sea lions, and the walrus), and musteloids (weasels, badgers, raccoons, skunks, the red panda, and their relatives). I use a number of DNA markers with differing evolutionary rates and inheritance patterns (i.e. nuclear DNA, mtDNA, Y chromosome markers, and SINEs) to infer relationships ranging from species to superfamily levels. I am also employing this sequence information to address more general issues within systematics, such as methods for combining data from multiple loci (supertrees vs. supermatrices), and the comparison of evolutionary patterns between the differing DNA marker types.
Tara Gallagher Fulton, PhD Candidate
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