History of Academy Molecular Research

Although the Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Ecology (LMSE) did not form officially until 2004, the Academy has enjoyed a long history of researchers utilizing molecular data to approach systematic and ecological questions. Over the past 30 years Academy scientists have been at the forefront of molecular research immonosytematics, DNA-DNA hybridization, allozymes, RAPDs, cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing, microsatellites and AFLPs. Combining cutting edge molecular techniques with broad-based taxonomic knowledge, LMSE is uniquely positioned to lead the study of systematic biology and evolution. Current research programs utilize primary DNA sequencing and fragment analyses but the LMSE retains the ability to perform any of the techniques used in the past.

Dr. Tom Uzzell
Research Associate, Vertebrate Zoology
1972–present
Phylogenetics of Amphibia
Allozymes, DNA Sequencing

Dr. Chris Spolsky
Research Associate, Vertebrate Zoology
1978–2004
Phylogenetics of Amphibia, Molecular Evolution
Allozymes, DNA Sequencing,

Dr. Frank Gill
Curator, Ornithology
1969–1995
Avian systematics
DNA sequencing, Allozymes, restriction site analysis of mitochondrial DNA, DNA-DNA hybridization

Dr. Fred Sheldon
Assistant Curator, Ornithology
1987–1993
Avian systematics
DNA sequencing, Allozymes, restriction site analysis of mitochondrial DNA, DNA-DNA hybridization

Dr. Gary Rosenberg
Curator, Malacology
1989–present
Origins and magnitude of diversity in the land snail fauna of Jamaica
DNA Sequencing, Allozymes

Dr. Leo Joseph
Assistant Curator, Ornithology
1997-2005
Birds of the Australo-Papuan and Neotropical regions and their evolution
DNA Sequencing

Dr. George Davis
Curator, Malacology
1972–2000
Systematics of Mollusca
Immunoelectrophoresis, Starch Gel Electrophoresis (Allozymes), Systematic Serology, DNA Sequencing,

Dr. Lucinda McDade
Associate Curator, Botany
2001–2006
Systematics of Acanthaceae
DNA Sequencing

Dr. Dina Fonseca
Assistant Curator, Molecular Ecology
2004–2007
Molecular Ecology of mosquito disease vectors
Microsatellites, DNA Sequencing

Dr. Dan Graf
Assistant Curator, Malacology
2002–2008
Phylogenetics, Evolution and Biogeography of unionoid mussels
DNA Sequencing

Dr. Ed Theriot
Curator, Phycology
1989–1996
Diatom Systematics and Ecology
DNA Sequencing

Dr. Rick McCourt
Associate Curator, Botany
1997–present
Algal systematics
DNA Sequencing