Current Fellows

Karen Olson, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences,
Rutgers University

Boyden Hall, Newark, NJ


B.S. – University of Florida, Gainesville FL

M.A. – University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

Ph.D. – University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

INSPIRE fellow, Department of Biological Sciences — Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Research Mentor: Angelo Soto-Centeno, Ph.D. 

I study bat and cave microbiomes in the Caribbean and South Pacific islands, population genomics of island mammals, and genomics of invasive species.


Olson KV, Alexander AM, Campbell LP, Brown RM. (In revision). Processes governing patterns of genomic differentiation at fine versus broad spatial scales in an iconic archipelago system. Molecular Ecology.


Wood PL, Xianguang G, Travers SL, Su YC, Olson KV, Bauer AM, Grismer LL, Siler CD, Moyle RG, Andersen MJ, Brown RM. (2020). Parachute geckos free fall into synonomy: Gekko phylogeny, and a new subgeneric classification, inferred from thousands of ultraconserved elements. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 146, 106731.


Ingenloff K, Hensz CM, Anamza T, Barve V, Campbell LP, Cooper JC, Komp E, Jimenez L, Olson KV, Osorio-Olvera L, Owens HL. (2017). Predictable invasion dynamics in North American populations of the Eurasian collared dove Streptopelia decaocto. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1862), 20171157.


Alexander AM, Su YC, Oliveros CH, Olson KV, Travers SL, Brown RM. (2017). Genomic data reveals potential for hybridization, introgression, and incomplete lineage sorting to confound phylogenetic relationships in an adaptive radiation of narrow-mouth frogs. Evolution, 71, 475-488.


Mathis VL, Ascunce MS, Logan-López KG, DeYoung RW, Honeycutt RL, Olson KV, Kassu G, Silvy NJ, Reed DL. (2017). Insights into the genetic diversity of the whitetailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population at the Guantanamo Naval Base. Caribbean Naturalist, 45, 1-20.


Brown RM, Weghorst JA, Olson KV, Duya MR, Barley AJ, Duya MV, Shekelle M, Neri-Arboleda I, Esselstyn JA, Dominy NJ, Ong PS. (2014). Conservation genetics of the Philippine tarsier: Cryptic genetic variation restructures conservation priorities for an island archipelago primate. PLoS One, 9(8), e104340.