Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics
Members of this CMB research focus area use genome and transcriptome sequence data to investigate the evolutionary origins of organisms and how organisms function in diverse environments. This research is enabled by recent advances in high throughput DNA sequencing technology, which have had an enormous impact on the scope of genome-scale research now being conducted. This is especially true for “non-model” organisms in eukaryotic groups where few genome sequences are available. Data generated with the support of sequencing and bioinformatics infrastructure that resides at URI in the Rhode Island Genomics and Sequencing Center and across the state are used in comparative contexts, across organisms and environments, to gain new understanding of biological processes and ecosystem function. Applications include identifying key microbial players in global nutrient cycling, tracing the evolutionary origins of traits or lifestyles, and investigating the genetics of disease resistance and the evolution of developmental processes in plants and animals.