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Welcome - Hare Lab

Research Interests:
Population and conservation genetics, ecological genomics, phylogeography, and host-parasite co-evolution.

Dr. Matt Hare

Matt Hare

Research Goals:
My research goals are to understand the ecological, demographic and historical processes that generate population substructure and species diversity in coastal marine ecosystems, and to make these findings relevant to conservation and management when possible. In marine environments there are few absolute barriers to dispersal, yet population genetic substructure and cryptic species are common in marine taxa with high dispersal potential. This implicates cryptic physical barriers to dispersal or strong diversifying selection generating population substructure. My work focuses on both these possibilities by using genetic markers to test for larval retention and nonrandom gene flow limiting population connectivity, and by testing for the effects of natural selection at both genetic and phenotypic levels. I am using genomics to expand these questions into the realm of functional genetics, particularly with respect to selection across estuarine habitat heterogeneities and impacts of hatchery-based population supplementation.

Applied conservation genetics research in the Hare Lab includes diverse questions where genetics can inform population and species management. For example, current students analyze environmental DNA (eDNA) to test for amphibian hosts and viral pathogens in vernal pools, develop and apply genetic markers distinguishing cryptic species and their hybrids, and use black bear multilocus genotypes (DNA fingerprints) to inform spatial mark-recapture estimates of abundance and habitat use.

Graduate Student Recruiting

I am a member of three graduate fields at Cornell: Natural Resources, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Zoology & Wildlife Conservation. Your choice of graduate field to apply through will depend on your research and career interests. Read about these programs online and then contact me for guidance.

Hare Lab at the Cornell Dairy

Hare Lab at the Cornell Dairy

Danielle Bitencourt Araujo

Danielle Bitencourt Araujo hunting the elusive wild tadpole.

Matt, Yuka, Jenn, Carmel Fromston

Matt Hare, Yuka Kutsumi, Jennifer Zhu, and oyster gardener Carmel Fromston examine oyster cages at World's Fair Marina.

Congratulations to Katie McFarland for her appointment as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Lab, University of Maryland with Dr. Louis Plough.

Congrats to Jason Holley for winning first prize for best poster at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting in Chicago (2017), and for publication of our ACSF-funded work in Marine Policy, “Troubled Waters: Risk Perception and the Case of Oyster Restoration in the Closed Waters of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary”, Marine Policy 91 (2018): 104-112, recently covered in the Cornell Chronicle.

Contact Information

Dr. Matthew Hare
Associate Professor
Dept of Natural Resources
205 Fernow Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Office phone: 1-607-255-5685
Fax: 1-607-255-0349

213 Bradfield Hall
Lab phone: 1-607-255-7615

Lab Manager: Harmony Borchardt-Wier

Other marine science faculty and programs at Cornell include:

Shoals Marine Lab

Drew Harvell lab, EEB

Chuck Green Lab, EAS

Ian Hewson lab, Microbiology

Robert Howarth Lab, EEB

Chris Clark, Lab of Ornithology

Pat Sullivan, DNR

Bruce Monger, EAS

Nina Overgaard Therkildsen, DNR

Warren Allmon, EAS

Additional Affiliations

Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics

New York Marine Sciences Consortium

AGA Nonmodel Genomics Workshop, Cornell University, July 23-24, 2013

Hare Lab in the news:

Dr. Mariah Meek talks to the Huffington Post about trout and climate change.

PeriodiCALS talks to Dr. Matt Hare about Hudson River restoration.