Date of Award

Spring 2009

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

First Advisor

W Kelley Thomas


Genetic variation within the diploid Daphnia pulex genome was examined using a high quality de novo assembly and shotgun reads from two distinct D. pulex clones. Patterns of variation and divergence at single nucleotides were examined in physical and functional regions of the genome using comparative assembly output and available annotations. Additionally, mitochondrial genomes of the same D. pulex clones were assembled and compared for patterns of divergence, and substitutional biases. Intron presence/absence polymorphisms were identified computationally and verified experimentally. Finally, gene duplicate demographics were examined for patterns of divergence and estimates of gene birth rates.