Hopi Hoekstra, Ph.D.
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Center for Brain Science
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
About the Speaker
Hopi Hoekstra is studying the ultimate and proximate mechanisms responsible for traits that matter for the survival and reproduction of organisms in their natural environments. She uses wild and captive populations of deer mice to track down genetic changes that contribute to variation in morphology, reproduction and behavior. This work has implications for understanding the evolutionary process and may shed light on the genetic origins of variation in other species, including humans.