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Loren Cassin Sackett
Assistant Professor


Office: SCA
Phone: 913/974-



B.A., Psychology, Whitman College, 2003

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 2013-2016


Conservation genetics, evolution of small populations, host adaptation to introduced disease, phylogenetics of recent divergence, adaptation to climate, disease ecology

Research Activities and Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist whose research centers around the evolution of small populations and the influence of pathogens on evolution of their hosts. I currently focus on two main systems: avian malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers and sylvatic plague in prairie dogs. I am working to characterize the genomic basis of resistance to avian malaria among Hawaiian honeycreepers. I also investigate the evolutionary effects of the introduced pathogen Yersinia pestis--the bacteria causing plague--on fragmented populations of black-tailed prairie dogs.

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