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Joanna Kelley
  • Pronouns she/her
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Affiliations Genomics Institute
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • CSC Coastal Biology Building, 270
  • Office Hours by appointment
  • Mail Stop CBB/EE Biology
  • Mailing Address
    • 130 McAllister Way
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Genomics, Evolution, Molecular Evolution, Population Biology, Genetics, Climate Change

Summary of Expertise

My research group focuses on evolutionary and functional genomics and adaptation to extreme environments. We are interested in understanding how populations diverge and adapt to the environments they encounter. To identify and characterize specific genes and pathways that underlie adaptive change, we combine statistical and genomic approaches with knowledge from organismal and ecological studies. We leverage natural systems to gain insight into basic biological processes, which has profound implications for our understanding of response to changing environments. 

Biography, Education and Training

BA, Mathematics and Biology, Brown University (2003)
PhD, Genome Sciences, University of Washington (2008)
Postdoc, Human Genetics, University of Chicago (2008-2010) 
Postdoc, Genetics, Stanford University (2010-2013)

Teaching Interests

Contemporary Genetics, Evolutionary Biology