Evolution and Phylogenesis
(1) POPCAN project (Genetic improvement of black cottonwood and Balsam poplar);
(2) Resilient Forests (RES-FOR): Climate, Pests & Policy – Genomic Applications project (Human-oriented selection and GWAS using genomic signatures in conifers).
My current research in the Altshuler Lab addresses gaps in our understanding of how the nervous and muscular systems can actuate and control complex motor behaviors. The avian wing contains ~19 intrinsic muscles and ~11 skeletal elements that are controlled to actively change wing shape, an ability termed “wing morphing”. Previous research on avian wing morphing has produced only limited understanding of how birds reshape their wings, focusing more on basic kinematic and aerodynamic descriptions.