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Thomas Parchman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Thomas Parchman

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  • Post Doctoral, University of Wyoming, 2008-2013
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, New Mexico State University, 2007
  • M.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, New Mexico State University, 2002
  • B.S. Environmental Biology, Ohio University, 1999


My research is broadly focused on the coevolutionary consequences of species interactions and the genetic signatures of adaptive divergence, hybridization, and speciation. This research utilizes 1) field-based studies of natural selection, species interactions, and coevolution; 2) genomic-scale investigations of genetic variation important to understanding population history and adaptive evolution; and 3) population genomic approaches to inferring the evolutionary processes affecting genetic variation. Much of my research has used evolutionary ecological approaches to study the coevolution between plants and seed predators, and to understand the role of coevolution in adaptive diversification. Current work in the lab involves the generation of population genomic data sets to analyze fine scale patterns of genetic variation in natural populations and to understand the genetic architectures of adaptation, speciation, and hybridization.


  • Parchman, T. L., Z. Gompert, G. Zhang, M. J. Braun, R. Brumfield, D. B. McDonald, J. A. C. Uy, E. D. Jarvis, B. A. Schlinger, and C. A. Buerkle. 2013. The genomic consequences of adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation between species of manakins. Molecular Ecology 22:3304-3317.
  • Lesser, M. R., T. L. Parchman, and S. T. Jackson. 2013. Development of genetic diversity, differentiation, and structure over 500 years in four ponderosa pine populations. Molecular Ecology 22:2640-2652.
  • Nosil, P., Z. Gompert, T. A. Farkas, A. Comeault, J. L. Feder, C. A. Buerkle, and T. L. Parchman. 2012. Genomic consequences of multiple speciation processes in a stick insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 279:5058-5065. Featured in July 2012 Editor's Choice article in Science.
  • Nosil, P., T. L. Parchman, J. L. Feder, Z. Gompert. 2012. Do highly divergent loci reside in genomic regions affecting speciation? A test using next-generation sequence data in Timema stick insects. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:164.
  • Parchman, T. L., Z. Gompert, C. W. Benkman, F. D. Schilkey, J. Mudge, and C. A. Buerkle. 2012. Genome-wide association mapping of an adaptive trait in lodgepole pine. Molecular Ecology 21:2991-3005. *Faculty of 1000 paper.
  • Parchman, T. L., C. W. Benkman, B. Jenkins, and C. A. Buerkle. 2011. Low levels of population genetic structure in Pinus contorta (Pinaceae) across a geographic mosaic of co-evolution. American Journal of Botany 98:669-679.
  • Buerkle, C. A., Z. Gompert, and Parchman, T. L. 2011. The n=1 constraint in population genomics. Molecular Ecology 20:1575-1581.
  • Parchman, T. L., K. S. Geist, J. A. Grahnen, C. W. Benkman and C. A. Buerkle. 2010. Transcriptome sequencing in an ecologically important tree species: assembly, annotation, and marker discovery. BMC Genomics 11:180.
  • McDonald, D.B., T. L. Parchman, M.R. Bower, W.A. Hubert, and F.J. Rahel. 2008. An introduced and a native vertebrate hybridize to form a genetic bridge to a second native species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:10842-10847.
  • Parchman, T. L., and C. W. Benkman. 2008. The geographic selection mosaic for crossbills and ponderosa pine: a tale of two squirrels. Evolution 62:338-360.

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