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Matthew Farnitano

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PhD Candidate

B.S. Biology (2016) Duke University

Research Interests:

Variation in nature relies on reproductive isolation between populations and species. Reproductive isolation can be measured directly, through crossing barriers and fitness, as well as indirectly through rates of hybridization in the wild. I am interested in how reproductive isolation varies across different scales, using Mimulus monkeyflowers as a model system. I aim to use patterns of reproductive isolation and hybridization in these wildflowers to better understand the formation and persistence of new species.

Of note:

Lewontin Early Award 2020 Recipient, Society for the Study of Evolution

NIH Training Grant Recipient, Department of Genetics, 2020 and 2021

Plant Center Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2021

Linton and June Bishop Fellowship, 2022 and 2023

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