Yale Peabody Museum Summer Internship

Patterns of Speciation in the Fantail Darter Complex, Etheostoma flabellare

Advisor: Professor Tom Near (YPM Curator of Vertebrate Zoology)


Length: 8 weeks in the summer


Project Description:

Eastern North America contains more species of freshwater fishes than any non-tropical region on Earth. Since the 1950s there has been continuous discovery and description of new species of North American freshwater fishes. The application of molecular genetic data has contributed to the description of new species, but has also led to the discovery of distinct lineages masquerading as long-recognized species. The Fantail Darter, Etheostoma flabellare, has a large geographic distribution extending across the Mississippi River Basin and among several river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean. This project will utilize specimens in the Peabody collections to generate genetic and morphological datasets to assess species diversity in E. flabellare.


Stipend: $3000


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