CENTER of RAPID EVOLUTION
430 Lincoln Drive, Birge Hall
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
Research at CORE
CORE is an institute dedicated to the study of rapid evolution. Many serious problems currently facing human societies and the environment are occurring on rapid time scales. Such problems include global warming, extinctions of species, invasions of alien species, evolution of infectious diseases, and threats to agricultural livestock and crop species from diseases and inbreeding. The study of rapid evolution is critical for gaining the tools to address such problems.
Scientists at the Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) focus on these critical areas of research (see below). Research at this center includes the study of invasive species, conservation of endangered populations, evolutionary responses to genetically modified crops, crop to weed transfer of genes, genetics of microbial diversity, and evolution of organisms and communities in response to environmental fluctuations and disturbance.
Scientists at CORE are also actively involved in outreach efforts to inform and educate the public on how to use evolutionary insights to solve critical problems in conservation, medicine, and agriculture.
CORE is an Institute within the James F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, housed within the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The administrative home of both CORE and the JF Crow Institute is in the Laboratory of Genetics within CALS.
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August 2013: The Lee Lab has completed sequencing the copepod genome and is in the process of assembly and annotation
A Special Symposium on Applied Evolution will be held on October 1-2, 2010 in Ebling Auditorium, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Richard Lenski from Michigan State University will be speaking 3:30 pm, October 1, and a series of CORE scientists will be speaking 1-4 pm on October 2, followed by a panel discussion. Titles of talks will be posted soon.
09/07/2010: Carol Lee (and collaborator Joana Silva at Institute of Genome Sciences) has been awarded an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to study the metagenomic diversity of the copepod microbiome. The aquatic crustacean (copepod) could potentially serve as a vector for human disease, and the Lee Lab will uncover the undiscovered microbial diversity associated with the copepod.
08/12/2010: Carol Lee's lab has been awarded a Rapid Response award from the U.S. National Science Foundation to examine rapid evolutionary responses of the coastal copepod Eurytemora affinis to toxic effects of the Gulf Oil Spill.
11/19/2009: The James F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution is founded at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This institute will tie together more than 70 faculty members across seven colleges on campus. CORE will be housed as an institute within this institute.
06/25/2009: Cameron Currie's lab has been awarded the 10 gigabase sequencing grant from Roche Applied Sciences to sequence leaf-cutter ants and their associated fungi and bacteria. The objective is to gain insights into the microbial enzymes involved in helping ants convert cellulose — an inedible material for most organisms — to a useable source of fuel.
06/14/2009: Graduate student Suzanne Peyer in Carol Lee's lab has published her paper on zebra and quagga mussels this month. Her work is featured in ScienceDaily.com.
03/22/2009: A special Workshop on Synthesizing Ecology and Evolution for the Study of Invasions was held at Lake Tahoe March 19-22, 2009, and resulting papers have been published in the journal Evolutionary Applications.
03/22/2009: Tony Ives' Lab has published a paper on Species Response to Environmental Change: Impacts of Food Web Interactions and Evolution.
07/31/2008: See publication from the Lee Lab on the Evolutionary origins of invasive populations.
CORE Members (click on photo to access laboratory websites)
Evolutionary genetics of invasive species
Ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes
Evolution, Ecology, and Epidemiology of Health and Diseases
Community ecology and population biology, including crop-pest interactions
Conservation ecology and genetics
Gene flow among populations of horticultural crop plants, and between crops and free-living plants
Genome evolution of bacteria; evolution of pathogenicity
Interface of ecology, evolution, systematics, and biogeography
Agricultural Genetics; Evolutionary genetics of corn (maize) and its wild relatives; evolution of form
Interactions between human cultures and plants, including economic botany; history of human impacts on the environment
Population genetics of avian populations; resistance to disease
Molecular evolution and systematics, bird plumage as toxicological indicators
Trophic interactions; global environmental change; "Genes to Ecosystem" ecology