Dr. Tara Pelletier


Assistant Professor
Office: 279 Center for the Sciences
Lab: 266 Center for the Sciences
Box 6931, Radford University
Radford, VA 24142
Tel: (540) 831-5146
E-mail: tpelletier@radford.edu



Courses Taught

  • BIOL 105 - Biology for Health Sciences
  • BIOL 231 - Genetics, Evolution, and Development
  • BIOL 419 - Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • BIOL 425 - Evolution
  • BIOL 460 - Advanced Seminar in Biology
  • BIOL 481 - Introduction to Computational Biology


Areas of interest: Big data, Biogeography, Computational biology, Conservation, Genomics, Population genetics, Phylogeography, Salamanders, Systematics

I am broadly interested in the eco-evolutionary processes that have shaped current biodiversity patterns. My lab conducts fieldwork, labwork, and computational work to integrate various types of data (genetic, geographic, environmental, life history, and morphological) to understand these complex processes. 

There are several big datasets that I have aggregated over the last few years that lend themselves easily to various research projects in computational biology. I am happy to discuss developing projects that focus on any organism from viruses to rotifers to large mammals. If you are interested in fieldwork and/or labwork, I will be developing genomics projects that focus on local salamanders, and potentially some invertebrates. Ecological niche modeling is also an active area of research in my lab.

The skills developed using computational methods and statistics in biology transfer to all areas of scientific work so I strive to include hands-on practice in all areas of teaching and mentoring.

Please contact me if you are interested in working in my lab. Below is my website, and please check out these posts for tips on doing undergraduate research:

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/taraapelletier/