Research Goals or Interests
More broadly, I am interested in the interplay between geography and genetics in marine systems. I work primarily on intertidal animals, using molecular techniques to uncover biogeographic patterns at a variety of hierarchical levels. In particular, I seek to understand population genetics and speciation processes in a wide variety of taxa as they are influenced both by geography and by organismal characteristics. A sound systematic context is the foundation for all such efforts, and as such, molecular systematics is integral to this work.
Kelly, R. P., I. N. Sarkar, D. J. Eernisse, and R. DeSalle. 2007. DNA barcoding using chitons (genus Mopalia) Molecular Ecology Notes 7:177–183 [PDF]
Kelly, R. P. and D. J. Eernise 2008. Reconstructing a radiation: the chiton genus Mopalia in the north Pacific. Invertebrate Systematics, 22:17–28 [PDF]
Kelly, R. P. and D. J. Eernise 2007. Southern Hospitality: A latitudinal gradient in gene flow in the marine environment. Evolution 61(3):700-707 [PDF]
Kelly, RP., and S.R. Palumbi. 2008. General-use polymerase chain reaction primers for amplification and direct sequencing of enolase,a single-copy nuclear gene, from different animal phyla. Molecular Ecology Resources, in press.
Kelly, R.P., T.A. Oliver, A. Sivasundar, and S.R. Palumbi. SAShA:?A Method for Detecting Population Genetic Structure in Diverse, High Gene-Flow Species. (Submitted).