Wanek School of Natural Sciences

Cynthia Vigueira

My research is focused on population and quantitative genetics. I am interested in how genetic variation is shaped by selection, demography and other evolutionary forces. Currently, there are several research projects underway in the Vigueira lab.

Evolution of Weedy Red Rice: Rice (Oryza sativa) is the most widely consumed food for much of the world’s population. Weedy red rice is a conspecific weed and is one of the biggest factors that limits rice production. We are studying the evolution of weedy red rice in different world regions to better understand how to combat this pest species.

Pollinator Task Force: Native pollinators are important contributors to crop and wild flower pollination. These insects are understudied compared to the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). We have projects that look at how forest gaps contribute to habitat for native pollinators. We are also studying the impacts of fire surrogates on native pollinator abundance and diversity.

Several other projects are in progress, please contact me for more information.


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