Connor French

PhD Candidate

City University of New York

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the Mike Hickerson and Ana Carnaval labs at the City University of New York, City College campus. I am interested in understanding how populations evolve in response to changing environments. Support BIPOC in STEM.


  • Population genetics
  • Speciation
  • Macroecology
  • Data science


  • PhD in Biology- Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2018-present

    City University of New York

  • MS in Zoology, 2018

    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

  • BSc in Biology- Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2015

    University of Texas at Austin



Population genetics on a global scale

Understanding global patterns of genetic diversity (GD) is essential to describe, monitor, and preserve the processes giving rise to …

Polyploid evolution

Whole genome duplications (WGD) have contributed significantly to the diversification of major plant and animal lineages. How WGD …




SLiM, msprime


Recent Posts

Sonification for data communication

A few weeks ago my partner shared a TED Talk with me that changed how I conceptualize data communication. In it Dr. Wanda Diaz Merced, …

GIS at Scale with Google Earth Engine

Sometimes your GIS project needs some extra oomph. Maybe finding the data you need to understand deforestation in Brazil is giving you …

Funding sources for undergraduate research in ecology and evolution

Resources For students Broad Undergraduate Teaching Assistanceships Opportunities vary per university, but check with your department …

RStudio Cloud for Education

The R programming language is a powerful analytical tool that is commonly taught alongside applied fields like statistics, ecology, …

Interactively explore geographic data in R using leaflet

Why leaflet? Making a data visualization interactive opens up a host of opportunities for new insights. This is especially true for …


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