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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. Conventional means of studying these population processes are made difficult in the diverse taxa studied in the Hare lab because of their small size (e.g., invertebrate larvae, protozoan parasites, copepods), phenotypic plasticity of adults, or parasitic life cycles. By analyzing genetic variation using approaches from population genetics, phylogeography and landscape genetics, my research overcomes some of these obstacles and infers population processes affecting spatial connectivity at both ecological and evolutionary time scales. My applied conservation genetics research focuses these approaches on species/populations of concern or involves development of genetic tools to support conservation and restoration goals.

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. 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.

Welcome to Mariah Meek, Smith Fellow working jointly in the Hare lab and Cliff Kraft’s lab. Mariah project, “Conserving fish species by understanding local adaptation and predicting responses to climate change” is in partnership with Dr. Nathaniel Gillespie of the USDA Forest Service.

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

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

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.

Laura and Nicole

Laura Eierman and Nicole Kollars take samples of oyster tissue.