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  • Jessica Allen, Ph.D.
    Jessica Allen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 268
    Phone: 509-359-4727
    Fax: 509-359-6867

    Research: Lichen diversity, evolution, and conservation.

    I am a lichenologist who pursues two major areas of research. First, I am interested in understanding how rates of recombination in primarily asexual fungi shape genome evolution, population structure, and adaptation.  I use a suite of genomics and modeling tools to test evolutionary hypotheses on diverse, lichenized fungi.

    My second line of research is on biodiversity and conservation. Despite many incredible scientific achievements, like man having walked on the moon, we still have a hazy idea of what species we share this planet with and where they live. Projects in this area of my research involve documenting lichen biodiversity, with a specific focus on the Inland Northwest. As a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Committe on lichns, I apply my research to IUCN red-list assessments for lichens, one way of translating knowledge of a species to conservation applications.

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