I'm an evolutionary geneticist working primarily to understand the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation. I have/am currently worked/ing on mate preference, hybrid incompatibilities, life history evolution, and structural variation in natural systems. Currently, I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Biology Department at UNC Chapel Hill in the Matute Lab, where I'll be working on admixture mapping in replicated hybrid zones and other fun genomics-y things. I finished my PhD in the fall of 2018 from Duke University in the Willis lab, where I worked predominantly 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: jcoug at email.unc.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!