Located at Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI
The Conner lab studies the mechanisms by which natural selection on weeds and native plants produces (sometimes very rapid) adaptation to a variable environment, as well as possible constraints on this adaptation. Our approach is to combine laboratory, greenhouse, and field studies integrating evolution, genetics, genomics, and ecology to attack problems at the interface of these areas in novel ways.

Current work focuses on floral adaptations to pollinators, floral trait loss after the evolution of selfing, and rapid adaptation of weeds to agricultural environments. Teachers in the Conner Lab work in collaborative teams with graduate and undergraduate students on these projects.  Outcomes include presenting results at the BEACON and KBS symposia, developing and publishing Data Nuggets, and coauthored publications.

Jeff Conner and Ava Garrison (Ph.D student) are based at the Kellogg Biological Station, and are also members of the Plant Biology Department, the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior program, and BEACON.

Lab Website