BAEZA LAB @ CLEMSON
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY OF MARINE ORGANISMS
We are interested in various topics in the fields of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics & Phylogeography, and Fisheries Biology. We use marine invertebrates, some of them economically valuable, as model systems. Our research is both hypothesis and curiosity driven and we use a combination of molecular phylogenies, natural history observations, basic modeling approaches, and manipulative experiments to accomplish our research goals. Our current research programs have three main foci (1) biodiversity discovery and diversification, (2) evolutionary biology: adaptive value of mating systems and sex allocation (3) conservation and sustainable management of exploited resources.
The model systems we use include various groups of marine crustaceans, including crabs, shrimps, and spiny lobsters.