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Jeff Markert

​​​​​Population & Conservation Genetics, Evolutionary studies, Animal Behavior 

General Biology Lab Coordinator 


  • Ph. D. University of New Hampshire, 1998 
  • M.S. University of Vermont, 1994
  • B. A. Hampshire College, 1989 

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Courses taught: 

  • BIO103L General Biology I Lab 
  • BIO104L General Biology II  Lab 


I am interested in two broad research areas - One set of projects aims to understand the origins of biodiversity. These projects focus on using the colorful and diverse African cichlid fishes as a model system in which to test hypotheses about the process of speciation. The second set strives to use modern genetic and genomic tools to design effective and resource efficient strategies for conserving biodiversity. One of the most rewarding aspects of these research projects is that they allow me to illuminate my teaching with examples from both my fieldwork and my experience current genetic and genomic technologies. 

Recent Publications: 

  • Markert, J. A., D. Champlin, R. Gobell, J. Grear, A. Kuhn, T. J. McGreevy, A. Roth, M. Bagley and D. Nacci (2010). Population genetic diversity and fitness in multiple environments. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 205. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-205.  
  • Markert, J. A., Schelly, R. and Stiassny, MLJ (2010). Genetic isolation and morphological divergence mediated by large high-energy rapids in two cichlid genera from the Lower Congo River. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 149. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-149.  
  • Markert, J. A. and M. E. Arnegard (2007). Size dependent territory shift in a rock-dwelling cichlid. Oecologia 154: 611-621. doi:10.1007/s00442-007-0853-5 
  • Markert, J. A., P. R. Grant, B. R. Grant, L.F. Keller, J. L. Coombs, and K. Petren. (2004) Neutral locus heterozygosity, inbreeding and survival of Darwin's ground finches (Geospiza fortis and G. scandens). Heredity 92: 306-315. ​​