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Mark Margres

Postdoctoral research associate
Biological Sciences Department

Office: Life Sciences 042
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Biology
Florida State University 2016

B.A. Biology
Bethany College (KS) 2011


My research addresses fundamental questions regarding the influence of genetic architecture and trait complexity on adaptation dynamics, particularly in co-evolving traits. My work to date has focused on co-adaptation in two systems: (1) Tasmanian devils and a species-specific transmissible cancer, and (2) venomous snakes and their prey. In the Parkinson lab, I am using comparative transcriptomics and genomics to determine if and how venoms contribute to diversification in New World snakes, particularly focusing on ecological speciation.


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