Great news and a lot of interesting work to come! In collaboration with Jeff Lozier from UA and Colin Jackson and Ryan Garrick at Ole Miss, we have received funding from the NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity Program to investigate biodiversity in freshwater mussels in the southeastern USA, the biodiversity hotspot for these imperiled organisms. The project is highly multi-disciplinary and will include work on population genomics, gut microbiomes, phylogenomics, species functional traits, and ecosystem ecology! The lab will be searching for a PhD student and a postdoc shortly. To see more details, check out the project website: mussels.ua.edu
Also, in collaboration with Jeff Lozier and Matt Jenny at UA, our group has received funding from UA's Alabama Water Institute to sequence the genomes of several species of freshwater mussels. Yay!!