Mammals with small populations do not exhibit larger genomes

Genome size in cellular organisms varies by six orders of magnitude, yet the cause of this large variation remains unexplained. The influential Drift-Barrier Hypothesis proposes that large genomes tend to evolve in small populations due to …

Genome Size

Genome size links informational, structural, and functional dimensions of life

New NSF grant recommended for funding!

A grant from NSF will support a collaboration with soft matter physicists to characterize and model 3D flower mesophyll tissue

Two new preprints: genome size critical to mesophyll architecture in leaves

The major driver influencing variation in 3D leaf mesophyll organization is the allometry of genome size and cell size

How does genome size constrain maximum metabolism?

New paper explains how genome size limits maximum photosynthesis via its effects on cell sizes and packing densities.

Genome downsizing, physiological novelty, and the global dominance of flowering plants

The abrupt origin and rapid diversification of the flowering plants during the Cretaceous has long been considered an “abominable mystery.” While the cause of their high diversity has been attributed largely to coevolution with pollinators and …