Jason Munshi- South

Jason Munshi-South is an evolutionary biologist who focuses on the evolution of life in urban environments. His work employs landscape genetics, population genomics, and traditional ecological approaches to understand evolution in and around cities. His lab has developed native white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) distributed along an urban-to-rural gradient in the NYC metropolitan area as a model system for urban evolution. This system has produced some of the first results demonstrating loss of genome-wide diversity (Munshi-South et al. 2016), genomic signatures of demographic history (Harris et al. 2016), and genomic signatures of selection (Harris & Munshi-South 2017) in relation to levels of urbanization.

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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