I'm an evolutionary geneticist working primarily to understand the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation. My lab is located in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. We work on a series of classic speciation and adaptation questions, including, understanding hybrid incompatibilities, life history evolution, ecological isolation and structural variation in Mimulus (a model wildflower system for ecology, evolution and genetics).
I did my postdoctoral training in the Biology Department at UNC Chapel Hill in the Matute Lab, working on the efficacy and genetic basis of mate preference in Drosophila. I finished my PhD in the fall of 2018 from Duke University in the Willis lab, where I worked on the evolution of hybrid seed inviability and the role of chromosomal inversions in adaptation. Before Duke, I completed an MSc at the University of Toronto in the EEB department, and an BSc from Trent University (Peterborough, ON).
Outside of the lab, I love to hike with my dog, cook, and do pottery.
Email: jennifer.coughlan at yale.edu
or coughlanjenn at gmail.com
Jenn at the UNC DNA day!!! Showed up to teach the general public about seeds, ended up in a tardigrade cutout!