Annabel Beichman

email:   Annabel Beichman
phone:  825-5014
office:  TLSB 4140
advisor: Robert WayneKirk E. Lohmueller

Research Interest

I am interested in using whole genome and exome sequencing to explore the ways in which demographic history impacts the burden of deleterious variation in threatened species. I am particularly focused on the sea otter, using modern and ancient sea otter DNA to determine its history of population bottlenecks and levels of genomic diversity. I sequenced, assembled and annotated the sea otter genome de novo as part of this effort, and have explored comparative genomic questions for the sea otter and giant otter. I make extensive use of simulations in my research as a way to generate null hypotheses based on inferred demographic histories, and have explored the relative merits of different demographic inference methods.


Beichman, Huerta-Sanchez, Lohmueller (in press) Using Genomic Data to Infer Historic Population Dynamics of Nonmodel Organisms Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

Beichman, Phung, Lohmueller (2017) Comparison of Single Genome and Allele Frequency Data Reveals Discordant Demographic Histories G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics

Sanders, Beichman, Roman, Scott, Emerson, McCarthy, Girguis (2015) Baleen whales host a unique gut microbiome with similarities to both carnivores and herbivores Nature Communications


2012   Harvard University   A.B. summa cum laude    Organismic & Evolutionary Biology