Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., 1997, University of Missouri-Rolla
Ph.D., 2004, Washington University in St. Louis
Office: 252B SSB
My research interests can be broadly summed up in two related questions: what role does hybridization play in speciation and adaptation, and what are the genetic and genomic bases of species differences and species boundaries? My research has included a diverse range of taxa including flowering plants, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods; currently research in my lab focuses on annual sunflowers (genus Helianthus). We use both empirical and simulation-based approaches to investigate the population genetics and genomics of hybridization, speciation, and adaptation in this group and more generally.
- Strasburg JL, Rieseberg LH (in press) Methodological challenges to realizing the potential of hybridization research. Journal of Evolutionary BiologY.
- Sambatti JBM, Strasburg JL, Ortiz-Barrientos D, et al. (2012) Reconciling extremely strong barriers with high levels of gene exchange in annual sunflowers. Evolution 66, 1459-1473.
- Strasburg JL, Sherman NA, Wright KM, et al. (2012) What can patterns of differentiation across plant genomes tell us about adaptation and speciation? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 367, 364-373.
- Strasburg JL, Rieseberg LH (2011) Interpreting the estimated timing of migration
events between hybridizing species. Molecular Ecology 20, 2353-2366.
- Strasburg JL, Kane NC, Raduski AR, et al. (2011) Effective population size is
positively correlated with levels of adaptive divergence among annual sunflowers. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28, 1569-1580.
- Blackman BK, Rasmussen DA, Strasburg JL, et al. (2011) Contributions of flowering
time genes to sunflower domestication and improvement. Genetics 187, 271-287.
- Blackman BK, Strasburg JL, Raduski AR, et al. (2010) The role of recently derived FT
paralogs in sunflower domestication. Current Biology 20, 629-635.
- Raduski AR, Rieseberg LH, and Strasburg JL (2010) Effective population size, gene
flow, and species status in a narrow endemic sunflower, Helianthus neglectus, compared to its widespread sister species, H. petiolaris. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 11, 492-506.
- Strasburg JL, Rieseberg LH (2010) How robust are “Isolation with Migration” analyses
to violations of the IM model? A simulation study. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27, 297-310.
- Strasburg JL, Scotti-Saintagne C, Scotti I, Lai Z, Rieseberg LH (2009) Genomic patterns of adaptive divergence between chromosomally differentiated sunflower species. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26, 1341-1355.