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About Irv Kornfield

A principal thrust of current research employs molecular techniques to examine population processes and the systematics of marine organisms. We examine both small scale features of population structuring (genic isolation and gene flow) as well as large scale features (biogeographic reconstruction.) Animals studied include commercially important species (such as lobster and haddock) as well as widely distributed taxa (such as crabs, hemicordates, and cumaceans). This last group of organisms, a marine order of malacostracan crustaceans, is particularly interesting. Systematic and population problems are examined via analysis of variation in DNA sequences and at microsatellite loci. A second major area of research centers about speciation and radiation of fish species flocks with emphasis on cichlid fishes. Because of the complexity and rate of their radiation, African cichlids are available as a paradigm for evolutionary biology. Recent studies include characterizations of population processes and systematics.


Present Professor of Biology and Molecular Forensics, University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology

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Phone: (207) 581-2548
215 Murray Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741