Dr. John Wares

Position: Associate Professor in Genetics 

Contact: jpwares@uga.edu

Education: Ph.D. 2000, Duke University

About: Dr. Wares’ research interests include gene flow and molecular evolution in natural populations with a particular interest in examining the effects of asymmetric dispersal. Although the approaches he uses would fit wind-dispersed and riverine species, most of the work in his lab is on marine species, with barnacles being one of my favorite groups. The dispersal of marine larvae has the potential to add to the understanding of how physical and environmental forces lead to the balance of diversity we see in coastal communities. Dr. Wares’ overall interest in exploring cryptic diversity in natural populations has also led him to understand host-pathogen and host-microbe interactions and responses.