Dr. Tanya Lama is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook. Using genomic methods, Dr. Lama studies the evolutionary processes underlying population vulnerability, resilience, and response, particularly in the context of global climate change. Her applied conservation research on Canada lynx (L. canadensis) demonstrates how genomics can bridge the gap between research, management, and policy. Her postdoctoral research focuses on how life history traits – particularly lifespan – can shape evolutionary responses to rapid environmental change. Along with co-PIs Drs. Liliana Davalos (SUNY Stony Brook) and Emma Teeling (University College Dublin), Dr. Lama uses comparative genomics to explore the evolution and mechanisms of aging in long-lived and short-lived species of bats and other mammals. In addition to her role as a research fellow, she receives teaching pedagogy and leadership training as an associate of National Institutes of Health NY-CAPS IRACDA – a targeted program for the development of underrepresented minority scholars in biomedical research.