I joined the Hofmann Lab as a PhD student in the Fall of 2018. Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, I received an MS from Sonoma State University, CA, where I studied the evolution of gene regulatory elements underpinning physiological losses-of-function in Antarctic fishes. As an undergraduate at Dickinson College, PA, I studied the responses of gastropod larvae and juveniles to ocean acidification and multiple stressors. Building off of these experiences, my research with the Hofmann Lab will integrate my background in molecular biology and gene regulation with my interest global change biology. I hope to better understand the cellular and evolutionary processes that limit or enable the capacity for rapid adaptation to environmental change. Specifically, I am interested in the evolutionary role of epigenetics and how environmental adaptation may act upon its processes. For example, how might DNA methylation respond to future ocean temperatures or pCO2 in a congeneric stenotherms and eurytherms? What might this suggest for these organisms' capacities to adapt using an evolutionary framework that considers plasticity?
Bogan SN and SP Place. Function and architecture explain divergence at chaperone enhancers in Antarctic fishes exhibiting inducible or constitutive chaperone expression (submitted).
Bogan SN, and GE Hofmann. Distinct responses in DNA methylation to current and future pCO2 levels in the Antarctic pteropod Limacina helicina antarctica. Frontiers in Marine Science: Research Topic in Marine Environmental Epigenetics (abstract accepted; submission deadline September 2019).
Bogan SN, M Ingraham*, and SP Place. Structural evolution of heat shock trans-regulatory elements across Antarctic fishes (in prep).