The Eaton lab is looking to recruit motivated post-docs, Ph.D, Masters, and Undergraduate students to work on plant, ecology and evolution, and computational genomics research.

Principal Investigator: Deren Eaton

Deren bio photo Deren Eaton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science (E3B) at Columbia University. He is an evolutionary biologist and botanist with broad interests in plant biodiversity -- from the scale of global patterns and community assembly, to speciation and genetic variation within species. Deren's research is rooted in organismal biology and fieldwork, with projects focused in the Tibetan plateau and cloud forests of Central and South America. A common theme across his work is the development of new computational or statistical methods for analyzing comparative data, and the implementation and support for reproducible science. Deren completed a postdoc at Yale in 2017; earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2014; and his BSc from the University of Minnesota in 2007.


Post-doctoral Researchers

Sandra bio photo Sandra Hoffberg joined the lab in 2017 as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. Sandra's work is focused on the development of tools and resources to expediate large-scale genotyping and bioinformatic analyses of germplasm databases (i.e., seed databases) for agriculture and plant breeding research. Her work combines genomics, phylogenetics, and functional trait evolution, including the invasiveness and herbicide resistance. Sandra completed her PhD in 2017 at the University of Georgia where she studied Wisteria and Kudzu and developed a genomics protocol for developing RAD-capture (RADcap) libraries.


Graduate Students

Patrick bio photo Patrick McKenzie joined the lab in 2017, and was a recipient of the an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). Patrick is interested in plant phylogenetics and comparative methods, and has worked on predictive modeling in forest communities. He completed his BSc from the University of Tennessee in 2017.


Joining the lab

pedic photo I'm looking to recruit Post-docs and Graduate Student to work on independent projects in the lab and/or to join ongoing projects. If interested please contact Deren about applications and/or writing proposals for the coming year. For potential Post-docs there are many great resources to find fellowships such as Here and Here. Please email Deren with your CV if you'd like to discuss fellowship opportunities.