Our group is interested in studying genome evolution and adaptation in plants, beetles and other organisms using both experimental and computational approaches.
Research topics in our group include gene evolution via de novo formation, gene duplication and horizontal transfer; genetic basis of drought tolerance and adaptation to aridity in conifers; evolution of the tree-killing habit in bark beetles.
We work in collaboration with scientists at TAMU, the University of Kentucky, Pisa University (Italy), the Texas A&M Forest Service, the ESSM Department Forest Science Laboratory and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.
- Nelson, C. D., Crocker, E. V., DeWald, L., Raley, E. M., Adams, J. P., Crane, B. S., ... Merkle, S. A. (2020). Report on the Thirty-Fifth Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC 2019). Tree Genetics and Genomes. 16(2), 31.
- Xing, Y., Dabney, A. R., Li, X., Wang, G., Gill, C. A., & Casola, C. (2020). SECNVs: A Simulator of Copy Number Variants and Whole-Exome Sequences From Reference Genomes. Front Genet. 11, 82.
- Casola, C. (2019). Resequencing of massive pine genomes helps to unlock the genetic underpinning of quantitative traits in conifer trees. NEW PHYTOLOGIST. 221(4), 1669-1671.
- Casola, C., & Lawing, A. M. (2019). The nonrandom evolution of gene families. American Journal of Botany. 106(1), 14-17.
- Casola, C. (2018). From de novo to ‘de nono’: The majority of novel protein coding genes identified with phylostratigraphy are old genes or recent duplicates. Genome biology and evolution. 10(11), evy231--2918.
- Molecular Cytogenetics to Support Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding awarded by USDA-Forest Services 2015 - 2020