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Melissa T.R. Hawkins

General Information

Assistant Professor/Vertebrate Museum Curator
Biological Sciences
Phone: (707) 826-5559
Office: Science C 106
Lab: Science A 461

Email: Melissa.Hawkins@humboldt.edu

Academic background


Summary of research

Dr. Hawkins is primarily a conservation geneticist with a focus on mammalian evolution and systematics. She is an expert in next-generation sequencing methods, and has published several methodological papers on extracting DNA from museum specimens for genome-scale analyses. During her dissertation she spent nearly six months sampling small mammals along elevational gradients in Sabah, Borneo to evaluate patterns of occurrence, diversity, and phylogenetic relationships among many understudied rodent and treeshrew species. She is interested in both applied conservation projects involving endangered species (including lemurs, small carnivores and rodents) as well as habitat connectivity and landscape genomics.

Sample publications