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


Screen_Shot_2020-12-21_at_4.59.22_PM.pngOur new Costus phylogeny is now out in Evolution. We contrast speciation patterns between mountainous regions in the Neotropics and the Amazonian lowlands. Congrats to Julia for the awesome cover photo!





Postdoc Oscar Vargas has moved on to a tenure track Assistant Professorship at Cal State Humboldt. Congratulations, Oscar!

Amy Orduño-Baez is joining the lab as a PhD student. Welcome, Amy!

Why are some serpentine-adapted plants tolerators whereas others are endemic? Read Shelley Sianta's new AJB paper on this question here

What happens when plants migrate up-slope? Read Megan Peterson's dissertation work on the Sierra Nevada monkeyflowers here.

Shelley is now Dr. Sianta and is off to join the Brandvain and Moeller labs at U Minn as a postdoc!

Pedro Juarez has joined the lab as a PhD student. Welcome, Pedro!

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