Andrew Alverson

Andrew Alverson

Associate Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(BISC)-Biological Sciences

Phone: 479-575-7975

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Research in the Alverson lab is focused on understanding the evolutionary history of diatoms, a species-rich lineage of photosynthetic algae. We use genome-scale data to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and then use those phylogenetic hypotheses to address questions about diversification patterns, adaptation to low salinity habitats, genome evolution, and basic questions related to the taxonomy and systematics of different diatom lineages. More information is available on our website.

  • Evolutionary Biology (fall)
  • Practical Programming for Biologists (spring)

Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, 2006

M.S. Iowa State University, 2000

Guillory WX, Onyshchenko A, Ruck EC, Parks MB, Nakov T, Wickett NJ, Alverson AJ. 2018. Recurrent loss, horizontal transfer, and the obscure origins of mitochondrial introns in diatoms (Bacillariophyta) Genome Biol Evol 10:1504–1515

Parks MB, Nakov T, Ruck EC, Wickett NJ, Alverson AJ. 2018. Phylogenomics reveals an extensive history of genome duplication in diatoms (Bacillariophyta) Am J Bot 105(3):330-347

Nakov T, Beaulieu JM, Alverson AJ. 2018. Accelerated diversification is related to life history and locomotion in a hyperdiverse lineage of microbial eukaryotes (Diatoms, Bacillariophyta) New Phytol 219(1):462-473

Parks MB, Wickett NJ, Alverson AJ. 2018. Signal, uncertainty, and conflict in phylogenomic data for a diverse lineage of microbial eukaryotes (Diatoms, Bacillariophyta) Mol Biol Evol 35(1):80-93

Nakov T, Boyko JD, Alverson AJ, Beaulieu JM. 2017. Models with unequal transition rates favor marine origins of Cyanobacteria and photosynthetic eukaryotes Proc Natl Acad Sci USA pii:1-2

Ruck EC, Linard SR, Nakov T, Theriot EC, Alverson AJ. 2017. Hoarding and horizontal transfer led to an expanded gene and intron repertoire in the plastid genome of the diatom, Toxarium undulatum (Bacillariophyta) Curr Genet 63(3):499-507

Ruck EC, Nakov T, Alverson AJ, Theriot EC. 2016. Phylogeny, ecology, morphological evolution, and reclassification of the diatom orders Surirellales and Rhopalodiales. Mol Phylogenet Evol 103:155-171

Kessenich CR, Ruck EC, Schurko AM, Wickett NJ, Alverson AJ. 2014. Transcriptomic insights into the life history of bolidophytes, the sister lineage to diatoms J Phycol 50(6):977–983

Ruck EC, Nakov T, Jansen RK, Theriot EC, Alverson AJ. 2014. Serial gene losses and foreign DNA underlie size and sequence variation in the plastid genomes of diatoms. Genome Biol Evol 63(3):644-654

Alverson AJ. 2014. Timing marine–freshwater transitions in the diatom order Thalassiosirales. Paleobiology 40(1):91-101

Nakov T, Theriot EC, Alverson AJ. 2014. Using phylogeny to model cell size evolution in marine and freshwater diatoms. Limnol Oceanogr 59(1):79-86

Rice DW, Alverson AJ, Richardson AO, Young GJ, Sanchez-Puerta MV, Munzinger J, Barry K, Boore JL, Zhang Y, dePamphilis CW, Knox EB, Palmer JD. 2013. Horizontal transfer of entire genomes via mitochondrial fusion in the angiosperm Amborella. Science 342(6165):1468-73

Sloan DB, Alverson AJ, Chuckalovcak JP, Wu M, McCauley DE, Palmer JD, Taylor DR. 2012. Rapid evolution of enormous, multichromosomal genomes in flowering plant mitochondria with exceptionally high mutation rates. PLoS Biol 10(1):e1001241

Alverson AJ, Beszteri B, Julius ML, Theriot EC. 2011. The model marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana likely descended from a freshwater ancestor in the genus Cyclotella. BMC Evol Biol 11:125

Alverson AJ. 2008. Molecular systematics and the diatom species. Protist 159(3):339-53

Alverson AJ, Jansen RK, Theriot EC. 2007. Bridging the Rubicon: Phylogenetic analysis reveals repeated colonizations of marine and fresh waters by thalassiosiroid diatoms. Mol Phylogenet Evol 45(1):193-210