Welcome to the Giarla Lab website! I am an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Siena College in Albany, NY. Before coming to Siena, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Jake Esselstyn's lab at LSU's Museum of Natural Science. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Sharon Jansa in 2013.
My research focuses on the evolutionary history of tropical mammals, particularly the factors associated with their diversification. I use genomic, biogeographic, and ecological data to connect population-level processes to macroevolutionary patterns. My work focuses on small mammals. So far, I've studied the evolutionary history of marsupials, rodents, and shrews from South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
If you're a Siena undergrad and this work interests you, please get in touch! I have several openings in my lab, including laboratory and computational biology opportunities.
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