Whole Genome Sequencing 

Chromosome

     Over the past decade sequencing costs have plummeted making whole genome level studies of non-model organisms possible. To investigate adaptation to depth we are sequencing the genomes of four species of CoryphaenoidesC. rupestrisC. acolepisC. brevibarbis and C. armatus. Of these the latter two inhabit the abyss while the former two are found at shallower depths.

     The goal of this ambitious effort is twofold: to produce annotated genomes of deep-sea fishes that will be invaluable resources to the broader scientific community and to identify regions of the genome that correlate with adaptation to depth. Regions of interest will later be sequenced in individuals across the genus to fully resolve the evolutionary relationships within this important group and to gain a better understanding of diversification in deep-sea fishes.