Findley Finseth


When I learned that reproductive genes and traits were diverse and evolutionarily dynamic, rather than conserved and static, I was hooked.  I want to understand the causes and consequences of the striking diversity of reproductive traits, and I love using bioinformatic and genomic approaches to explore this question.  I also like to garden, hang out with my family, and explore the recreational (mountains! oceans!) and cultural (food! food!) offerings of Southern California.

Findley's CV

ffinseth (at) kecksci (dot) claremont (dot) edu

Student researchers


David Atilano 

David is a senior at Claremont McKenna College.  His senior thesis is on understanding the genetic basis of flowering time in Mimulus.  He's a master of the growth chamber and can extract DNA in record time.  David also spent a semester abroad in Spain and received an HHMI student research award.  


Emma Bekele

Emma is a junior at Scripps College.  Her project explores the evolution of petal cell shape across Mimulus.  Emma is managing Mimulus collections all over campus and knows the shape of every plant's petal cells.  Emma is also in orchestra and received an HHMI student research award.


Tessa Finley

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Tessa is a senior at Pomona College.  Her thesis investigates the genetic basis of petal cell shape in Mimulus.  Tessa uses both molecular genetics and microscopy approaches in her work.  Tessa is co-advised by Fabien Jammes (Pomona) and received a SURP research award.

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Siria Medina

Siria is a senior at Scripps College. She is a biology major, with an interest in genomics, bioinformatics and neuroscience. She spent this past summer researching dopaminergicpathways at the Neurobiology Research Unit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her senior thesis explores the causes of CENH3 duplication across eukaryotes.


Julia Theiss


Julia is a junior at Scripps College and is investigating the genetic basis of flowering time in Mimulus.  If a plant germinates, buds, or even thinks about it....Julia knows.  Julia also has a talent for graphic design and makes eye-catching posters.  Julia is an avid reader and received an HHMI research award.


Kathleen Muenzen

Kathleen is a post-baccalaureate who graduated from Scripps College in May 2017.  Kathleen's senior thesis was on the evolution of titin, a giant sarcomeric protein.  Titin is huge and repetitive and happens to be the most annoying protein in the genome--at least for gene annotation.  But this didn't deter Kathleen. She developed a custom, bioinformatics tool to annotate titin across mammals and has identified key regions of the protein that are likely responsible for the diversification of muscle performance across mammals.  The titin project is a collaboration with Jenna Monroy (Keck) and Kathleen presented her work at the Evolution meetings in Portland.  She also led a Python training workshop for Keck undergraduates this past summer that was a huge success.  Kathleen is currently biking across the USA, but will be back in the lab soon to turn her thesis work into a manuscript.