James Medina

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James Is a student at Oberlin College , studying Biology and Neuroscience , and is expecting to graduate in 2015 .

About Me:
Academically, I am interested in evolution, genetics, animal behavior, and neurodegenerative diseases. I have worked in several labs including Dr. Krissa Skogen’s at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where I worked on a project assessing genetic diversity in an endemic evening primrose, Oenothera harringtonii. I was also a research assistant in Dr. Mike Moore’s lab at Oberlin College, where I worked on a project investigating the phylogeography and evolutionary history of gypsum-endemic desert plants. In Dr. Keith Tarvin’s lab at Oberlin College, I worked on a project studying the effects of avian alarm calls on the behavior of gray squirrels. I also enjoy playing ice hockey, biking, and chess.

My Projects
Development of Molecular Markers for studies in Oenothera genus (2013)

Neutral genetic diversity within plants is often used to track important evolutionary processes including gene flow, species and population divergence, and evolutionary ancestry. Microsatellite primers are a useful way to quantify genetic diversity and track gene flow. In order to measure genetic diversity among these species, we need to first find marker regions