With Isaac in the field
During his career, Daniel has developed strong interests in how natural selection creates diversity. He has explored several theories of speciation both in animal and plant species. His work has earned him the Genetics Society of America Larry Sandler Award for the best dissertation in Drosophila, and the American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Price for his contributions to speciation research. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences of The University of Queensland, St. Lucia where he is focused in understanding the origin of new flowering plant species.
Since his time in Australia (2008), the Ortiz-Barrientos (OB) Lab has built genomic, genetic, ecological and molecular resources to study speciation and adaptation in the Senecio lautus species complex. The OB lab is exploring the early stages of speciation, the genetic basis of adaptation and its relation with the evolution of reproductive isolation, the genetics of replicated evolution, and the developmental population genetics of ecologically important traits.