Welcome to the Hines Lab!
We study how diversity has been attained at the most basic level – through changes in genes and genomes. The Hines lab studies the genetics underlying adaptive variation, focusing on lineages that have undergone extensive divergence and convergence in color pattern as a result of Müllerian mimicry. Previous work from the lab examined genes and genetic architecture behind complex wing pattern variation in neotropical Heliconius butterflies. Currently we are developing a new system for understanding the genetics of color variation through studying the diverse pile color patterns of the cold-adapted bumble bees. These questions are addressed using tools from the fields of genomics, systematics, and evolutionary developmental biology.
The lab addresses questions in other areas of insect – especially bee and wasp – evolution and ecology. Current or past research interests include study of Hymenoptera systematics and phylogenomics, the impact of ecological factors on species distributions, historical biogeography and phylogeography, insect social evolution, pigment research, and bee conservation and decline.