The Island Evolution Lab at the UOG Marine Lab is a group of researchers and students interested in basic and applied evolutionary question in island settings. We are using genetic and genomic approaches (RAD-Seq, RNA-Seq and Genome sequencing) in combination with field work, collections, museums, and experimental manipulations to address original questions in population genetics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, molecular ecology and genomics.
The Island Evolution Lab is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium program, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Government of Guam.
The Island Evolution Lab actively support and promotes diversity in science, research and education.
We are always looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested and passionate about evolution, genomics and population genetics!
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IEL Field work
A special feature about our lab on Guam's local TV station Kuam TV in April 2019 (also on youtube)
Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
West Palm Beach, Florida
High School Intern; Senior at St. Johns High School, Tumon, Guam
Karim received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University
of Miami, majoring in Marine Science and Biology and minoring in chemistry.
He studied the population genetic structure of massive Porites corals on Guam. His major research interests include population genetics and invertebrate zoology.
Glynn, Peter W., Brian Coffman, Michael PC Fuller, Shannon G. Moorhead, Megan K. Williams, Karim D. Primov, Tayla N. Fortson, Rachel N. Barrales, and Peter J. Glynn. "Benthic ctenophores (Platyctenida: Coeloplanidae) in south Florida: environmental conditions, habitats, abundances, and behaviors." Invertebrate Biology 136, no. 4 (2017): 379-393.
Glynn, Peter W., Brian Coffman, Karim D. Primov, Shannon G. Moorhead, Jeongran Vanderwoude, Rachel N. Barrales, Megan K. Williams, and Robert P. Roemer. "Benthic ctenophores (Platyctenida: Coeloplanidae) in South Florida: predator–prey interactions." Invertebrate Biology (2018).
Chalan Pago, Guam
We are exploring the genetic connectivity, diversity and structure of multiple coral species around Guam and throughout Micronesia using an in-house RAD-Seq approach.
This is a major focus of our lab and most graduate sutdent thesis (e.g. Dareon, Karim and Joe) focus on coral population genomics (see team).
The main phylogenetic relationships among corals have been highly controversial for years. Recently genome-sclae datasets have started to clarify many of these important relationships. We are currently assembling on one of the largest genomic dataset to study the deep relationships in the coral tree of life. In addition, we are working on a phylogenetic barcoding study of Porites corals.
We are using experiments to induce coral bleaching in aquaria experiment to characterize the molecular processes that allow corals to survive and adapt to stressful environmental conditions. Most of these projects are conducted in collaboration with the Lemer Lab.
The Nautilus is one of the most iconic marine invertebrates and an important model system for evolutionary biologist and paleontologists, among others. We are using genomic tools to analyze the evolution and phylogeography of Nautilus across the species distribution range. We currently work on the discriptions of several new Nautilus species based on Combosch et al 2017.
Coral reproduction is of major interest, not only to improve our understanding of the basic biology of reef corals but also for their management and restoration. We are studying the reproductive characteristics of several coral species, using aquarium experiments and genetic tools.
Gordon Research Conference: Marine Molecular Ecology, Hong Kong
- Combosch D.J.: Population genomics of reef corals in Guam.
5th Guam Coral Reef Symposium, Tumon (Guam)
- Rios D.* & D.J. Combosch: Population Genomics of Acropora pulchra in Guam.
- Rios K.**, D. Rios, K. Primov, J. Fernandez, A. Fuentes, D. Burdick & D.J. Combosch: Barcoding and phylogenetic analyses of reef-building Porites corals.
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of the reef-building coral Porites lobata on Guam.
CISX – 10th Conference for Island Sustainability, Tumon (Guam)
- Rios D.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of Acropora pulchra in Guam.
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: Population Genetic Structure of the reef-building coral Porites lobata on Guam.
SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference, San Antonio, TX (USA)
- Fuentes A.** & D.J. Combosch: Resolving the Species Boundaries in the Porites Corals of Guam.
Willi Henning Congress, Barcelona (Spain)
- Enguidanos A.*, D.J. Combosch, V. Tonzo, G. Giribet & M. Arnedo: Knocking on the trap-door: Unraveling the species boundaries and evolutionary history of western Mediterranean ctenizid trap-door spiders.
Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium, Cebu (Philippines)
- Combosch D.J., S. Lemer, R. Bieler & G. Giribet: A genome and transcriptome-based phylogeny of reef corals.
4th Guam Coral Reef Symposium, Tumon (Guam)
- Combosch D.J., S. Lemer, R. Bieler & G. Giribet: A phylogenomic study of Scleractinian corals based on genome and transcriptome data.
CISX – 9th Conference for Island Sustainability, Tumon (Guam)
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of Porites lobata on Guam.
Connections, Collaborations and Innovations in the Pacific, UOG Annual Research Conference,
- Combosch D.J.: Connections, Collaborations and Innovations and the EPSCoR Guam Ecosystem Collaboratorium.
*Student presenter; **Undergraduate presenter