I have been doing research in the field of Population Genetics since 2006. I am interested in the distribution of genetic variation (both neutral and adaptive) in natural environments, at different spatial and temporal scales (from Landscape Genetics to Phylogeography). To understand pattern and process, I use empirical data as well as spatial eco-evolutionary modeling. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi. The focal organism of my Ph.D. work is the eastern subterranean termite in the Appalachian Mountains. In addition to reconstructing the spatial and temporal patterns of genetic variation, my goal is to find out how epigenetic regulation and phenotypic plasticity have contributed to the adaptive evolution of subterranean termites.
Ph.D. in Biology, 2014 - 2020
University of Mississippi
Ph.D. in Natural Resources, 2012 - 2013
Cornell University (voluntary withdrawal)
B.A. in Environmental Studies, 2002 - 2007
Geography, ecological context, and evolution of subterranean termites
When not teaching:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:
DNA Analysis Facility on Science Hill:
Now online! Open access @Ecol_Evol https://t.co/HX7kh4Bhzz— Chaz Hyseni (@chazbvb09) April 4, 2019
The effect of climate change in the last ~100,000 years on genetic differentiation, distributional shifts, and demographic/geographic expansion of subterranean termites! https://t.co/hKIi3QBCG4
North American Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology: Landscape Genetics Symposium (7-11 Apr 2019, Fort Collins CO): Landscape connectivity: neutral and adaptive genetic variation across space
University of Mississippi Graduate Student Council 9th Annual Research Symposium (26 Mar 2019, Oxford MS): Ecological drivers of subterranean termite distributions
Ecological Society of America: Statistical Ecology Section (5-10 Aug 2018, New Orleans LA): Capturing population structure and landscape connectivity by modeling neutral and adaptive genetic variation across space
University of Mississippi Graduate Student Council 8th Annual Research Symposium (20 Mar 2018, Oxford MS): Landscape connectivity: neutral and adaptive genetic variation across space
Entomological Society of America (4-8 Nov 2017, Denver CO): Evolutionary history of eastern subterranean termites: distributional shifts and postglacial expansion in the Appalachian Mountains
University of Mississippi Research Showcase (31 Mar 2017, Oxford MS): Inferring the eastern subterranean termite’s evolutionary past: history of dispersal and habitat utilization in the Appalachians
University of Mississippi Graduate Student Council 7th Annual Research Symposium (2 Mar 2017, Oxford MS): Genetic variation and geographic distribution of subterranean termites in the Appalachians
Daniela I Schneider, Norah Saarman, Maria G Onyango, Chaz Hyseni, Robert Opiro, Richard Echodu, Michelle O’Neill, Danielle Bloch, Aurelien Vigneron, TJ Johnson, Kirstin Dion, Brian L Weiss, Elizabeth Opiyo, Adalgisa Caccone, Serap Aksoy: Spatio-temporal distribution of Spiroplasma infections in the tsetse fly (Glossina fuscipes fuscipes) in northern Uganda. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2019.
Chaz Hyseni, Ryan C Garrick: The role of glacial-interglacial climate change in shaping the genetic structure of eastern subterranean termites in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Ecology and Evolution, 2019.
Ryan C Garrick, Dana K Reppel, Jeremy T Morgan, Stephanie Burgess, Chaz Hyseni, Reese J Worthington, Michael D Ulyshen: Trophic interactions among dead-wood-dependent forest arthropods in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Food Webs, 2019.
Ryan C Garrick, John D Banusiewicz, Stephanie Burgess, Chaz Hyseni, Rebecca E Symula: Extending phylogeography to account for lineage fusion. Journal of Biogeography, 2019.
Chaz Hyseni, Ryan C Garrick: Ecological drivers of species distributions and niche overlap for three subterranean termite species in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Insects, 2019.
Norah P Saarman, Robert Opiro, Chaz Hyseni, Richard Echodu, Elizabeth A Opiyo, Kirstin Dion, Thomas Johnson, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: The population genomics of multiple tsetse fly (Glossina fuscipes fuscipes) admixture zones in Uganda. Molecular Ecology, 2019.
Norah Saarman, Mary Burak, Robert Opiro, Chaz Hyseni, Richard Echodu, Kirstin Dion, Elizabeth A Opiyo, Augustine W Dunn, Giuseppe Amatulli, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: A spatial genetics approach to inform vector control of tsetse flies (Glossina fuscipes fuscipes ) in Northern Uganda. Ecology and Evolution, 2018.
Agapitus B Kato, Chaz Hyseni, Loyce M Okedi, Johnson O Ouma, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone, Charles Masembe: Mitochondrial DNA sequence divergence and diversity of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda: implications for control. Parasites and Vectors, 2015.
Ryan C Garrick, Isabel A S Bonatelli, Chaz Hyseni, Ariadna Morales, Tara A Pelletier, Manolo F Perez, Edwin Rice, Jordan D Satler, Rebecca E Symula, Maria Tereza C Thome, Bryan C Carstens: The evolution of phylogeographic data sets. Molecular Ecology, 2015.
Ryan C Garrick, Brittney Kajdacsi, Michael A Russello, Edgar Benavides, Chaz Hyseni, James P Gibbs, Washington Tapia, Adalgisa Caccone: Naturally rare versus newly rare: demographic inferences on two timescales inform conservation of Galapagos giant tortoises. Ecology and Evolution, 2015.
Ryan C Garrick, Benjamin D Collins, Rachel N Yi, Rodney J Dyer, Chaz Hyseni: Identification of eastern United States Reticulitermes termite species via PCR-RFLP, assessed using training and test data. Insects, 2015.
Ryan C Garrick, Edgar Benavides, Michael A Russello, Chaz Hyseni, Danielle L Edwards, James P Gibbs, Washington Tapia, Claudio Ciofi, Adalgisa Caccone: Lineage fusion in Galapagos giant tortoises. Molecular Ecology, 2014.
Sarah Federman, Chaz Hyseni, Wendy Clement, Michael P Oatham, Adalgisa Caccone: Habitat fragmentation and the genetic structure of the Amazonian palm Mauritia flexuosa L.f. (Arecaceae) on the island of Trinidad. Conservation Genetics, 2013.
Brittney Kajdacsi, Federico Costa, Chaz Hyseni, Fleur Porter, Julia Brown, Gorete Rodrigues, Helena Farias, Mitermayer G Reis, James E Childs, Albert I Ko, Adalgisa Caccone: Urban population genetics of slum-dwelling rats (Rattus norvegicus) in Salvador, Brazil. Molecular Ecology, 2013.
Danielle L Edwards, Edgar Benavides, Ryan C Garrick, James P Gibbs, Michael A Russello, Kirstin B Dion, Chaz Hyseni, Joseph P Flanagan, Washington Tapia, Adalgisa Caccone: The genetic legacy of Lonesome George survives: giant tortoises with Pinta Island ancestry identified in Galapagos. Biological Conservation, 2013.
Mark Sistrom, Richard Echodu, Chaz Hyseni, John Enyaru, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: Taking advantage of genomic data to develop reliable microsatellite loci in Trypanosoma brucei. Molecular Ecology Resources, 2013.
Richard Echodu, Mark Sistrom, Chaz Hyseni, John Enyaru, Loyce Okedi, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: Genetically distinct Glossina fuscipes fuscipes populations in the lake Kyoga region of Uganda and its relevance for human African trypanosomiasis. BioMed Research International, 2013.
Ryan C Garrick, Edgar Benavides, Michael A Russello, James P Gibbs, Nikos Poulakakis, Kirstin B Dion, Chaz Hyseni, Brittney Kajdacsi, Lady Marquez, Sarah Bahan, Claudio Ciofi, Washington Tapia, Adalgisa Caccone: Genetic rediscovery of an ‘extinct’ Galapagos giant tortoise species. Current Biology, 2012
Uzma Alam=, Chaz Hyseni=, Rebecca E Symula, Corey Brelsfoard, Yineng Wu, Oleg Kruglov, Jingwen Wang, Richard Echodu, Victor Alioni, Loyce M Okedi, Adalgisa Caccone, Serap Aksoy: Implications of microfauna-host interactions for trypanosome transmission dynamics in Glossina fuscipes fuscipes in Uganda. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2012
Sarah Federman, Chaz Hyseni, Wendy Clement, Adalgisa Caccone: Isolation of 13 novel highly polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Amazonian Palm Mauritia flexuosa L.f. (Arecaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2012.
Chaz Hyseni=, Agapitus B Kato=, Loyce M Okedi, Charles Masembe, Johnson O Ouma, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: The population structure of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes in the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda: implications for vector control. Parasites and Vectors, 2012.
Chaz Hyseni, Jon S Beadell, Zaneli Gomez Ocampo, Johnson O Ouma, Loyce M Okedi, Michael W Gaunt, Adalgisa Caccone: The G.m. morsitans (Diptera: Glossinidae) genome as a source of microsatellite markers for other tsetse fly (Glossina) species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 2011.
Johnson O Ouma, Jon S Beadell, Chaz Hyseni, Loyce M Okedi, Elliot S Krafsur, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: Genetic diversity and population structure of Glossina pallidipes in Uganda and western Kenya. Parasites and Vectors, 2011.
Richard Echodu, Jon S Beadell, Loyce M Okedi, Chaz Hyseni, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: Temporal stability of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes populations in Uganda. Parasites and Vectors, 2011.
Jon S Beadell, Chaz Hyseni, Patrick P Abila, Rogers Azabo, John C K Enyaru, Johnson O Ouma, Yassir O Mohammed, Loyce M Okedi, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone: Phylogeography and population structure of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes in Uganda: implications for control of tsetse. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2010.
Ylenia Chiari=, Chaz Hyseni=, Tom H Fritts, Scott Glaberman, Cruz Marquez, James P Gibbs, Julien Claude, Adalgisa Caccone: Morphometrics parallel genetics in a newly discovered and endangered taxon of Galapagos tortoise. PLoS ONE, 2009.
Patricia L R Brennan, Chaz Hyseni: Development of microsatellite markers for parentage analysis in the great tinamou (Tinamus major). Molecular Ecology Resources, 2008.
Michael A Russello, Chaz Hyseni, James P Gibbs, S Cruz, Cruz Marquez, Washington Tapia, P Velensky, Jeffrey R Powell, Adalgisa Caccone: Lineage identification of Galapagos tortoises in captivity worldwide. Animal Conservation, 2007.
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