Genevieve Mount


Bufo boreas
Ph.D. Candidate
Louisiana State University
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Museum of Natural Science
My PhD research focuses on testing and developing methods to identify and quantify the variation in phylogenomic data. In particular I am interested in applying these methods to herpetological non-model systems that lack genomic resources. Appropriate and accurate data and analyses are critical for better understand the biology and natural history of poorly studied species.

I got my Bachelor’s Degree from University of California Davis in 2010. Before starting my PhD I worked as a tech in Brad Shaffer’s lab at UC Davis and UCLA. As a tech I developed genomic resources for turtles and salamanders. Additionally I helped with fieldwork, managing a salamander colony, and general lab maintenance. Collecting and developing large genomic datasets sparked my interest in the variation and diversity in information content in current genomic datasets.

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Lambert, M.R., McKenzie, J.M., Screen, R.M., Clause, A.G., Johnson, B.J. Mount, G.G., Shaffer, H.B., Pauly, G.B. (2019) Experimental removal of introduced slider turtles offers new insight into competition with a native, threatened turtle. PeerJ (in press)

Höhna, S., Coghill, L. M., Mount, G.G., Thomson, R.C., Brown, J.M. (2017) P3: Phylogenetic Posterior Prediction in RevBayesMolecular Biology and Evolution

Spinks, P.Q., McCarteny-Melstad, E., Near, T. J., Mount, G. G.,and H.B Shaffer. (2017) Phylogenomic analyses of 539 highly informative loci dates a fully resolved time tree for the major clades of living turtles (Testudines)Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 115, 7-15

McCartney-Melstad, E., G. G. Mount and H. B. Shaffer. 2016. Exon capture optimization in amphibians with large genomes. Moleculary Ecology Resources doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12538
Spinks, P. Q., R. C. Thomson, G. B. Pauly, C. E. Newman, G. G. Mount and H. B. Shaffer. 2013. Misleading phylogenetic inferences based on single-exemplar sampling in the turtle genus Pseudemys . Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution 68:269-281
I am also motivated by any excuse to go herping in the desert. 
Left- Granite night lizard, Xantusia henshawii, at Anza Borrego, California. Right- And a Plains spadefoot,Spea bombifrons, near Carlsbad, New Mexico
Seineing for endangered California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense, larvae with Adam Clause. (Photo credit Ben Johnson)
Noosing a Chuckwalla, Sauromalus ater, on a herpetology field trip in the Mojave Desert, California. 
Western banded gecko, Coleonyx variegatus, crossing a road in the Mojave Desert, California.