Welcome to the Kay Lab!

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

We study adaptation and speciation in flowering plants.

Lab location: 257 Coastal Biology Building, Coastal Science Campus; 831.459.1812


Does adaptation to a novel pollinator automatically cause reproductive isolation? Check out our new paper in Annals of Botany here.

Read the strange story of the rare coyote mints that co-occur on serpentine outcrops in Plumas National Forest, now out in Molecular Ecology, here.

Brett Smith's Master's thesis on Monardella is now available open access in Madroño. You can read it here.

Oscar Vargas will be joining the lab this fall to work on the phylogenetics and evolutionary genetics of speciation in the spiral gingers. Welcome, Oscar!

The Kay Lab has moved to the new Coastal Biology Building on the UCSC Coastal Science campus. We can now walk to the ocean in about 5 minutes!

Rossana Maguiña has joined the lab as a PhD student. She recently finished her Master's at UMSL and has been awarded a Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation. Welcome, Rossana!

We have been awarded an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to study biotic and abiotic drivers of speciation in the Neotropical spiral gingers starting in 2018!