Dr. Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark

Ph.D. Ohio State University
Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise

  • molecular evolution
  • DNA barcoding
  • phylogenetics
  • transposable element evolution


My research uses DNA sequence data to understand evolution, adaptation, and diversification. My principle experimental subjects include the model organism, Drosophila, and invertebrates associated with the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.

My teaching expertise includes genetics and cell biology and I have developed numerous laboratory exercises that expose students to every modern experimental technique in these disciplines. Students in my classes regularly read, discuss and understand current research papers, activities that are important to their growth as independent thinkers. 

In addition to classroom instruction, I devote a significant amount of time to supervising student research projects. The skills learned from engaging in independent research complement those learned in the classroom. My research students obtain their own research funding, regularly present their findings at national and international conferences, and contribute to peer-reviewed publications.