Assistant Professor
Emily Puckett, PhD


Emily earned her BS in Botany from NC State, MS in Biology from SUNY-ESF, and PhD in Biology from the University of Missouri.  She uses range-wide genomic data to understand phylogeographic patterns in mammals with a focus on the evolutionary history of bears and rats.  She is also interested in the intersection of phylogeography to the conservation of species.



Graduate Students
Matthew Pollard- PhD Student


Matthew earned his BSc in Zoology and MRes in Biological Sciences from Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He is studying the evolution of carnivorous diet within the mammalian order Carnivora. This will involve reconstructing ancestral diet states within Mammalia and identifying signatures of diet-specific adaptation in carnivorous lineages. Previous research during his master’s degree focused on identification of Y-chromosomal sequences within the polar bear reference genome assembly.



Undergraduate Students
Isis Davis

Davis_IsisIsis is a Biology major (minors: Chemistry and Psychology) at the University of Memphis.  She is working on a synthesis of spatial genetic diversity for each of the eight bear species.





Information for Perspective Lab Members
Lab Expectations