My name is Rhett Rautsaw and I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Christopher L. Parkinson's lab at Clemson University.
I study a variety of topics including evolution, ecology, genetics, and conservation. I am mainly interested in the evolution of traits across entire clades of organisms and how this - in turn - influences the ecology of species.
I am additionally interested in the integration of these fields of biology. For example, understanding the underlying genetics of ecological and evolutionary processes.
My current research spans everything from studying Gopher Tortoise movement ecology and conservation in relation to human-made barriers such as roads and railways to examining venom evolution using genome and transcriptome sequencing.
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