My dissertation research focused on adaptation and speciation processes in surfperches (Embiotocidae) through insight from genomic scans for selection and molecular phylogenetics. Surfperches were an interesting system for addressing these topics due to their relatively recent radiation in the North Pacific and unique viviparous reproductive strategy.



Well supported phylogeny of Embiotocidae inferred using RADseq markers. Taxa are color coded based on habitat preference (figure from Longo and Bernardi 2015 MPE paper).