Molecular Evolution is a discipline in genetics that examines how DNA changes over time. Such changes are the basis for adaptation and diversification.
Dr. Jonathan Clark
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.
Areas of Expertise
DNA barcoding is the international standard for species identification. Barcodes are based on a short stretches of DNA that are unique for each species.
Phylogenetics is a branch of biology concerned with the evolutionary history of a group of organisms. Phylogenetic inference is based on DNA or protein sequence data.
Transposable Element Evolution
Transposable elements are DNA sequences that can move from one location in the genome to another. In most species, including humans, transposable elements make up a majority of the DNA in the genome.
Fall 2019 Semester Office Hours
Mondays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 PM
and by appointment
Department of Zoology
Weber State University
1415 Edvalson Street
Ogden, UT 84408-2505 USA