The Sobel Lab

Binghamton University (SUNY) - Dept of Biological Sciences

Biodiversity | Evolutionary ecology & genetics | Genomics


The lab group eager to "get to work" in January of 2014.


Jay Sobel, PhD - principal investigator

I am broadly interested in the ecological and genetic basis of adaptation and speciation, and I primarily use the emerging model plant genus Mimulus to answer questions about these fundamental processes. I received my dual-major PhD at Michigan State University from the Department of Plant Biology (MSU-PlantBio) and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program (MSU-EEBB). I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon in the Institute for Ecology and Evolution (UO-IE^2).


George Meindl, PhD, postdoctoral associate

My research integrates the ecology of plant-animal interactions, evolution, and toxicology. I am particularly interested in understanding how the soil environment, either directly or indirectly, affects the reproduction of flowering plants and pollinators. I received my BS and MA from Humboldt State University, and my PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences. In the Sobel lab, I am helping to investigate how soil chemistry affects mating system traits in two closely related species of Mimulus.

Currently, I teach two classes at SUNY Binghamton: (1) ENVI 101 Environment and Man/Woman: An Ecological Perspective, and (2) BIO 483 Plant-Animal Interactions

Office: Science III 377



Haley Arnold, PhD student

I received my BS in biological sciences from the University at Buffalo, where I worked with Dr. Charlotte Lindqvist examining the distributions of brown bears in Alaska as influenced by climate change. I joined the Sobel lab in the fall of 2015. My current interest is characterizing the genetic basis of ecologically adaptive traits that contribute to speciation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy Saturday morning cartoons and screaming at rock shows.


Alexandra Leslie, MS student

I was an undergrad at Binghamton University (2012-2015) as an Integrated Neuroscience major.  As an MS student, my research focuses on variation in gene expression that controls changes in dispersal traits in two species of Mimulus. Outside of the lab I enjoy singing, hiking, swimming, board games and Netflix.  I'm an active member of the Binghamton University Glee Club and Department of Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide.



Alex Turo, MS student

My projects are centered on finding and identifying molecular signatures of reproductive isolation and adaptive divergence using high-dimensional omics data.

Interests: computational applications of NGS data, biostatistics, bioinformatics


Undergraduate Researchers

Current research students: Taimur Hamid, Weiwei Liu, Dana Mirro, Zara Shah, Almasa Talovic