As evolutionary biologists and plant systematists, members of the Sigel Lab are broadly interested in the patterns and processes that shape plant diversity. More specifically, we are interested in the long and short term evolutionary consequences of whole genome duplications (i.e. polyploidization) and hybridization (i.e. reticulation). Our research focuses primarily on the ferns, a lineage with an extensive history of both paleo-and neo-polyploidy and which presents many opportunities for investigating polyploid formation, persistence, and diversification.
Starting in January 2017 the Sigel Lab will have openings for Postdoctoral Researchers, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students.
Please explore our website to learn more about research in the Sigel Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.