The research in this laboratory is focused around questions concerning chromosomal rearrangement and it role(s) in vertebrate evolution. Although this usually involves assessments of intraspecific (populational) chromosomal polymorphism, the data are generally applicable to systematic interpretations and considerable attention is paid to the phylogenetic relationships and higher taxonomic patterns of chromosomal evolution. The systematic relationships of the species studied are typically used to establish the experimental design of the hypotheses tested. Our assessments of karyotypic rearrangement and chromosomal homology involve analyses of non-differentially stained and specifically- banded metaphase chromosomes. Although deer mice (Peromyscus) are our primary model, recent projects have also addressed cytogenetic questions in birds and reptiles. The laboratory contains complete facilities for light microscopy and imaging, tissue culturing and allozymic analyses.