Welcome to the Bergland Lab

an ecological- and evolutionary-genetics lab

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Research Overview

Our work focuses on the dynamics and molecular underpinnings of adaptation with particular attention to the role of local adaptation, tradeoffs, and behavior as mechanisms of balancing selection.

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Our Team

We are a cohort of students, post-docs, and educators of varying expertises.

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Our Commitment

Our lab is committed to promiting an inclusive and safe working environment for everyone. We work to promote diversity in the lab and to critically evaluate the influence of typological thinking in the biological sciences.

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Recent Announcements

Backyard Evolution
Backyard Evolution

Participate in a citizen science project! The Bergland Lab at UVA is looking for volunteers to collect and preserve flying insects from their compost piles this spring, summer, and fall. Click below to read more!

Monday, February 4, 2018
Monday, February 4, 2018

Dörthe Becker, a postdoc in the Bergland lab, was recently awarded a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship funded by the European Commission.

Friday, Jan 18, 2018
Friday, Jan 18, 2018

Karen Barnard-Kubow, a postdoc in the Bergland Lab, was recently awarded a NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship.

Monday, Dec 18, 2017
Monday, Dec 18, 2017

Alan co-authors a paper in eLife with members of the Johnston lab at Johns Hopkins.

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017
Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Alan publishes a paper in PNAS.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr. Priscilla Erickson wins a JCC post-doctoral fellowship!

Monday, August 1, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016

The Bergland lab receives its first grant!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alan recently published a paper in Current Biology about the evolutionary hip and fitness consequences of a super-gene in the white-throated sparrow.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016

The Bergland Lab is open for business!