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Mary Ashley
Mary Ashley, PhD
Professor
UIC Biological Sciences, SEL 1031 M/C 067
840 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Office: (312) 413-9700
Lab: (312) 996-9462
Fax: (312) 996-9462 (same as lab)
Email: Ashley@uic.edu

Dr. Ashley's lab web site

About Dr. Ashley's Research

My research program involves using the genetic (DNA) variation found in nature to study ecological and evolutionary processes. The principle underlying my research is that genetic variation found in natural populations provides information for studying ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral processes that are difficult or impossible to observe using more traditional approaches. I am also especially interested in applying ecological genetics to issues in conservation biology and the management of threatened species, including genetic aspects of restorations and reintroductions. The major research efforts in my lab involve using hypervariable DNA markers to study gene flow, mating systems and population genetic structure of a variety of plant and animal species. Specifically, we use DNA microsatellite variation and DNA sequencing combined with extensive field studies of natural populations to understand such phenomenon. Finally, I have a great interest in how organisms evolve and adapt to anthropogenic environmental changes.

Representative Publications

Ozer, F. and M. V. Ashley. 2013. Genetic evaluation of remnant and translocated shiners, Notropis heterodon and Notropis heterolepis. Journal of Fish Biology 82 :1281-1296.

Kramer, A. T., J. Ison, M. V. Ashley and H. F. Howe. 2008. The paradox of forest fragmentation genetics. Conservation Biology 22:878-885.

Ashley, M. V., I C. Caballero, W. Chaovalitwongse, B. DasGupta, P. Govindan, S. I. Sheikh and T. Y. Berger-Wolf. 2009. KINALYZER, a computer program for reconstructing sibling groups. Molecular Ecology Resources 9:1127-1131.

Ashley, M. V. 2010. Plant Parentage, Pollination, and Dispersal: How DNA microsatellites have altered the landscape. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 29:148-161.

Abraham, S. T., D. N. Zaya, W. D. Koenig and M. V. Ashley. 2011. Inter- and intraspecific pollination patterns of valley oak, Quercus lobata, in a mixed stand in central coastal California. International Journal of Plant Sciences 172: 691-699.

Ozer, F., H. Gellerman and M. V. Ashley. 2011. Genetic impacts of Anacapa deer mice reintroductions following rat eradication. Molecular Ecology 20:3525-3539.

Caballero, I. C. and M. V. Ashley. 2011. Genetic analysis of the endemic island loggerhead shrike, Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi. Conservation Genetics 12:1485-1493.