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Megan Motley (Meany)

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PhD Candidate

University of California at Davis

B.S. Evolution, Ecology, & Biodiversity 2017

Research Interests:

Vertebrate sex determination is a critical biological process controlled by a variety of genetic mechanisms including physical differences in sex chromosomes and gene dosage or expression. While much is known about mammalian sex determination, our understanding of the evolutionary forces controlling sex determination in reptile groups is limited. For my graduate work, I will use genetic and genomic approaches to identify the sex determination mechanism of the brown anole lizard, and I will use this knowledge to clarify whether similar mechanisms operate in other related reptiles.

Labs (please indicate whose lab you are a member of):

UGA Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant 2020 

NIH T32 Genetics Training Grant Fellow 2020


ARCS Scholar Award 2021

UGA Dean's Award 2023 

Selected Publications:

Meany, M. K., Conner, W. R., Richter, S. V., Bailey, J. A., Turelli, M., & Cooper, B. S. (2019). Loss of cytoplasmic incompatibility and minimal fecundity effects explain relatively low Wolbachia frequencies in Drosophila mauritiana. Evolution73(6), 1278-1295.

Articles Featuring Megan Motley (Meany)

Megan Meany, a Ph.D. candidate in genetics, is investigating the genetic mechanisms underlying sex determination and gonad differentiation in the brown anole lizard Anolis sagrei. This research will be the beginning steps to large-scaleā€¦

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