Paul Gugger

Research Scholar
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Appalachian Laboratory
Phone: 862-371-2138

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Conservation genetics, Population/landscape genetics, Genomics, Molecular ecology, Phylogeography, Trees

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Biographical Sketch

My research focuses on how populations of long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental variation and what are the implications for conservation under global change. Specific areas of interest include the genetic and epigenetic basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing divergence among populations and closely related species, and the role of hybridization in adaptation and speciation. I integrate approaches from population genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, phylogeography, paleoecology, and climate niche modeling, typically in non-model tree species of ecological and economic importance. I also collaborate on projects such as population and comparative genomics of plants, conservation genomics in bats, and metabarcoding in metazoans and microbes.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2010
  • B.S., Duke University, 2003

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

Gugger PF (2018–2019) National Park Service, Regional Block Grant, Assess cost-efficiency of DNA metabarcoding to identify bulk insect samples.
Gugger PF, Nelson DM, Gates JE (2018–2021) US Fish and Wildlife Service Competitive State Wildlife Grant, Using novel biomarkers to assess geographic scale and demographic impacts on three species of tree-roosting bats killed at wind turbines  (with Gibbs HL, Carstens BC, Ohio State University, MD DNR, OH DNR).

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