Dapper Lab

Mississippi State University

The Dapper Lab uses evolutionary genetic approaches to understand the origin and maintenance of genetic variation.  Our research employs both theoretical and empirical approaches, ideally in concert with one another.


University of Wisconsin - Madison  -  GSTP Postdoctoral Fellow.  Laboratory of Genetics.  Advisor: Dr. Bret Payseur. Madison, WI. 2015-2018.

Indiana University  -  Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior.  Advisors: Dr. Mike Wade & Dr. Curt Lively. Bloomington, IN. 2009-2015.

The College of William & Mary - B.S. Biology, summa cum laude. Honors Thesis Advisor: Dr. George Gilchrist. Williamsburg, VA. 2004-2008.


NIH Genomic Sciences Training Program (GSTP) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin - Madison. 2015-2018.

The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) Travel Award - The Genetics Society of America and the Population, Evolutionary & Quantitative Genetics Community. 2016.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology – National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). (Declined)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  2010-2015.

CISAB Summer Fellowship. Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Indiana University. 2014.

Provost’s Travel Award for Women in Science.  Indiana University. 2014.

Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) Trainee.  NIH Training Grant, Indiana University.  2010-2011.

Phi Beta Kappa.  The College of William & Mary.  2007.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Internship.  Gamboa, Panama. Advisor: Dr. Mike Ryan.  2007.

Bruce Grant Award for Undergraduate Research in Evolutionary Biology. The College of William & Mary.  2007.

NSF REU.  The College of William & Mary.  Advisor: Dr. George Gilchrist. 2006.

Monroe Scholar.  The College of William & Mary.  2004-2008.


Dapper, AL, & BA Payseur (Advance Access) Effects of Demographic History on the Detection of Recombination Hotspots from Linkage Disequilibrium. Molecular Biology & Evolution.

Dapper, AL, & BA Payseur (2017) Connecting Theory and Data in Recombination Rate Evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  372: 20160469.

Drury, DW, AL Dapper, DJ Siniard, GE Zentner, and MJ Wade (2017) CRISPR/Cas9 gene drives in genetically variable and non-randomly mating wild populations. Science Advances. 3(5): e1601910.

Dapper, AL, & MJ Wade (2016) The evolution of sperm competition genes: The effect of mating system on levels of genetic variation within and between species. Evolution. 70: 502-511.

Suzuki, H, AL Dapper, C Jackson, H Lee, V Pejaver, T Doak, M Lynch, and J Preer Jr. (2015) Draft genome sequence of Caedibacter varicaedens, a Kappa killer endosymbiont bacterium of the ciliate Paramecium biaurelia. Genome Announcements. 3(6): e01310-15

Dapper, AL, & CM Lively (2014) Interlocus sexually antagonistic coevolution can create indirect selection for increased recombination. Evolution. 68: 1216-1224.

Whittaker, DJ, AL Dapper, MP Peterson, JW Atwell, & ED Ketterson (2012) Maintenance of MHC Class IIB diversity in a recently established songbird population. J. Avian Biol. 43: 109-108.

Dapper, AL, AT Baugh, & MJ Ryan (2011) The Sounds of Silence as an Alarm Cue in Túngara Frogs, Physalaemus pustulosus. Biotropica 43: 380-385.

Whittaker, DJ, DG Reichard, AL Dapper, & ED Ketterson (2009) Behavioral responses of nesting female dark-eyed juncos Junco hyemalis to hetero- and conspecific passerine preen oils. J. Avian Biol. 40: 579-583.


NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG). 2013-2015.

Monroe Scholar Research Grant. The College of William & Mary. 2007.

Undergraduate Research Grant.  Funded via NIH Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program.  The College of William & Mary. 2005-2008.


2016. The Effect of Demography on the Detection of Recombination Hotspots. GSTP Seminar Series. University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI.

The Effects of Demographic History on the Detection of Recombination Hotspots. The Allied Genetics Meeting (TAGC). Orlando, FL. (Poster)

The Effect of Demographic History on the Detection of Recombination Hotspots. The Biology of Genomes. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, NY.  (Poster) 

Demography and the Evolution of Recombination Hotspots.  Evolution Seminar Series. University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. (Invited Presentation)

Demography and the Evolution of Recombination Hotspots. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Research Training and Career Development Meeting. Bethesda, MD. (Platform Presentation)

2015. Rapid Evolution & Relaxed Selection: Understanding the elevated levels of genetic variation among reproductive genes. GSTP Seminar Series. University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI.

Rapid evolution and relaxed selection: understanding the elevated levels of genetic variation among reproductive genes. EEB Brown Bag Seminar Series. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN.

2014. The role of selection in the rapid evolution of reproductive genes: are we using the correct null hypothesis? Evolution. Raleigh, North Carolina. 

2013. The population genetics of rapidly evolving reproductive genes: How much variation should we expect to find? Evolution. Snowbird, Utah.

2012. Understanding Patterns of Diversity in Reproductive Genes. 1st Joint Conference on Evolutionary Biology. Ottawa, Canada. (Poster)

2011. Sexually Antagonistic Coevolution & The Evolution of Recombination Rate. Seminario del Departmento de Ciencias Biológicas. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. (Invited Presentation)

A Solution to the Paradox of Recombination: Sexually Antagonistic Coevolution. Evolution. Norman, OK.

The effects of extra-pair preen oil on parental care in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). CISAB Animal Behavior Conference. Bloomington, IN. (Poster)

Sexual Conflict and the Evolution of Recombination Rate. EEB Brown Bag Seminar Series. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN.

2010. Linkage and the Dynamics of Sexually Antagonistic Coevolution. Evolution. Portland, OR. (Poster)

2008. Effects of Selection for Thermotolerance on the Cost of Mating in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution. Minneapolis, MN. (Poster)

2007. Fitness Effects of Artificial Selection on Thermotolerance in Drosophila melanogaster.  Undergraduate Science Symposium. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.


Instructor. Introduction to Biology. Foundations in Science and Mathematics (FSM). Indiana University. 2013.

Assistant Instructor. Entomology. Indiana University. Instructor: Dr. Armin Moczek. 2009.


Contributor at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense!

Undergraduate Student Research Mentor. Mentees: Rebecca Rice, Ingrid Feustal, Alli James.

Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member. EEB Faculty Job Search. Indiana University. 2014.

Leader. Reading Group: The Selfish Gene. 2012.

Leader. Reading Group: A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology & Evolution. 2011.

Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member. EEB Faculty Job Search. Indiana University. 2011.

Background image by Brandon Cooper.