What genetic and organismal adjustments to drought resistance strategies will promote local population resilience to changing climates? The project will intensively characterize how Mimulus guttatus population-level genetic variation acts through regulatory networks to adaptively tune organismal strategies to local conditions and asks whether the varied eco-evolutionary processes that unfolded during the 2010s Western US drought are explained by local variation in historical drought intensity, local standing genetic variation, or seed bank dynamics. Validation of predictive frameworks for inclusion of genetic and organismal data into assisted gene flow practices as a means to promote population resilience to climate change and inform critical conservation decisions. This is a collaborative project with the groups of B. Blackman, D. Runcie, N. Kooyers, J. Sexton and J. Thorne.
NSF – ORCC
S. Brady, B. Blackman, D. Runcie, N. Kooyers, J. Sexton and J. Thorne.