The Flanagan Lab

About the lab

Sarah P. Flanagan began her appointment as a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2018. The lab is focused on understanding the evolution of complex, multivariate traits (such as mating display traits), primarily relying on population and quantitative genetics, genomic datasets, simulation modeling. Our empirical work has mostly focused on pipefish and seahorses.

Lab news

March 2020: Sarah had three papers come out this month – a paper on changes in gene expression in response to estrogen in pipefish, a paper on a mathematical model of how spatial arrangements of individuals impacts reproductive success and a whitepaper describing the why, when, and how of computing in biology classrooms.

February 2020: Lucy Howell joined the lab as a Masters in Antarctic Studies student!

Check out how Sarah spent her time in 2019 in her latest blog post!

November 2019: Sarah was awarded a Marsden Award to conduct research on the evolution of sex-biased gene expression in pipefish, in collaboration with Bob Wong (Monash University) and Judith Mank (University of British Columbia)!

November 2019: Sarah received an Early Career Researcher Seed Grant from the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute! The project is focused on developing environmental DNA sequencing protocols that can be used in Antarctica.

August 2019: Micaela Pullen has joined the lab as a Masters student! Find out more on the Current Lab Members Page

February 2019: Sarah’s new review paper with Adam Jones on parentage analysis was published in Molecular Ecology. Read her summary of the paper here and access the paper here

January 2019: Sarah wrote a book chapter for the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior on the Quantitative Genetics of Behavior. You can read the chapter here!

January 2019: Sarah wrote a new blog post about her transition from faculty to postdoc

November 2018: Chavvah Freeman joined the lab as a Summer Research Scholar

November 2018: Sarah was awarded a Brian Mason Trust award to fund the lab’s research on the wide-bodied pipefish!

August 2018: Sarah was quoted in the New York Times!