Hope Hollocher

Associate Professor of Biology

Department of Biology

Hope Hollocher’s laboratory uses population genetics and genomics to investigate a wide variety of mechanisms underlying evolutionary change, such as the genetics of speciation, evolution and development, and adaptation.

Her most recent research combines approaches in landscape genetics and disease ecology to investigate how the genetic structuring of host populations influences the transmission and differentiation of parasites in non-human primates of Southeast Asia. She approaches this problem using GIS tools to delineate the impact of different landscape features (i.e. physical, social, and anthropogenic) on the transmission dynamics of individual parasite species as well as the genetic and ecological drivers that influence parasite community structure overall. She is also evaluating important interactions between the prokaryotic and eukaryotic gut microbiomes that serve to inhibit or facilitate the invasion of the gut by harmful microbes.