Filipe Alberto (Homepage)Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin
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Research interests: Population genetics of marine macrophytes
My research is part of an ongoing collaboration aimed at using molecular ecology to study giant kelp forests at local, regional and global scales. SBC LTER’s long term investigations of the processes affecting the dynamics of giant kelp forests distributed throughout the Santa Barbara Channel allow us to contrast results of population genetics with the continuous body of data and hypotheses driven by long time studies. With co-funding from FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) we isolated microsatellite markers from giant kelp, which we are using to estimate the genetic connectivity among sites within the SBC LTER region. We are also using these genetic markers to investigate several hypotheses concerning biogeography, population dynamics and reproductive biology.