Ian Beddows (AG Rose)

My research is focused on the spatial population genetics of perennial wild tomato. There are 12 wild tomato species (Solanum sect. Lycopersicon, Solanaceae) native to the western coast of South America that diversified from a common ancestor about 2 million years ago. There are a variety of sexual systems (completely selfing to self-incompatible), habitats, and different compatibilities between species within the group. This makes it a good system to study the evolution of reproductive barriers, ongoing speciation, and hybridization in a very young clade.

Currently, I am exploring speciation, hybridization, and population structure in two widespread and diverse sister species: S. chilense and S. peruvianum using transcriptome data and test cross data. A second project is leveraging this same dataset to study the evolution of several biochemical pathways unique to the nightshade family.

Starting data: 01.08.2013 / Fast-track PhD student

Thesis committee members: Laura Rose, Martin Lercher

Mini Academic CV:

  • 2015: Master of Science, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
    • Thesis: "Genetic analysis of population structure in Solanum sect. lycompersicon"
  • 2013:
    • Bachelor of Arts, Northern Michigan University, Marquette MI, USA
    • Major: Plant Ecology
  • 2012:
    • Plant Genomics REU, Michigan State University, MI, USA
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