Phylogenetics, Population Genetics, and Comparative Biology

Welcome to the McGuire Lab in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in our lab is focused primarily on understanding mechanisms of lineage diversification and adaptive evolution, particularly in SE Asian reptiles and amphibians and New World hummingbirds. We conduct extensive fieldwork in support of these research efforts. As the foundation for much of our research, we integrate phylogenomic and population genomic data sets obtained via high-throughput sequencing with morphological data as well as field-collected physiological and locomotor performance data in an effort to address fundamental questions in evolutionary biology.


The McGuire Lab is opposed to racism and committed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. We recognize that systemic racism has permeated all aspects of our society including academia, and that we have a responsibility to do our part to destroy the barriers that have prevented people of color from fully participating in the scientific enterprise to which we have dedicated our lives. Our science can only achieve its greatest potential when people of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences are able to freely engage in the pursuit of knowledge, and we are dedicated to creating such an inclusive environment in our lab, our department, our museum, and our university. We also recognize that we have our own implicit biases, and our lab group is working to recognize and correct these blind spots as part of our effort to create a lab culture that is welcoming to everyone regardless of ethnicity, culture, or background. Please see our statement on inclusivity.