Plant genetics on a changing planet.

We study classic questions in evolutionary biology and challenges facing agriculture in the context of climate adaptation.


January 2021


Our preprint on Brachypodium responses to soil moisture gradient earns a recommendation from PCI Evolutionary Biology's Benoit Pujol:


Welcome to research intern Ian Anderson, volunteering in the lab remotely to study mutation bias!

Welcome to visiting scholar Lea Berg, developing bioinformatic pipelines to investigate functional genomic variation crop wild relatives!

Welcome to Elton Kane, a rotating student from the Plant Biology Graduate Group working on natural variation in wheat and mutation bias in Arabidopsis thaliana!

Welcome to Alissza Ali, an undergraduate student looking at phenotypic variation in natural populations adapted across diverse climate gradients!


October 2020

Welcome to Harrison Yu, an undergraduate student working on computational approaches to studying mutation bias across the tree of life!

Paper on the role of beneficial knockout mutations in crop evolution published!

July 2020

Our recent preprint on mutation bias in Arabidopsis thaliana gets featured by Facundo Romani at PreLights and Caroline Dowling at Plantae!

Monroe (The Genomics of Climate Adaptation) Lab officially opens its doors at UC Davis! 


UC Davis Land Acknowledgement Statement:

We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.