Alexis Garretson is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Predoctoral Student at Tufts University and The Jackson Laboratory joint program in Mammalian Genetics. Her Ph.D. research in the Dumont Lab focuses on using genetically diverse mouse strains to investigate the causes and consequences of mutation rate variation in populations. She previously completed a M.S. degree in Evolutionary Biology at George Mason University with Dr. Rebecca Forkner using citizen science data and herbarium specimens to investigate the fall color change. She advocates for open data as an Open Biodiversity Data Ambassador with the Global Biodiversity Information Facilities and a Champion with the National Microbiome Data Collaborative. Alexis has also been involved in bioinformatics and data science education as an instructor with The Carpentries and through developing university data science curriculum. Check out my observations and identifications on iNaturalist

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  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Data Science


  • PhD Genetics, Mammalian Genetics, in progress

    Tufts University & Jackson Laboratory

  • MS Biology, Evolutionary Biology, 2020

    George Mason University

  • BS Biology, Environmental and Conservation Biology, 2018

    George Mason University

Recent Publications

Translational Science Education Through Citizen Science

Guided by the six elements of Translational Ecology (TE; i.e., decision-framing, collaboration, engagement, commitment, process, and communication), we showcase the first explicit example of a Translational Science Education (TSE) effort in the coastal redwood ecosystem of Humboldt County, CA.

Moths and Frogs and E. coli, Oh My!: Agent-based Modeling of Evolutionary Systems

We present a case study and lesson plan for using agent-based modeling in the evolution classroom

In the Media

National Geographic Feature

Throughout the eastern U.S., fall colors arrived behind schedule, which scientists say is a sign of things to come.

University Affairs Interview

Advice for switching supervisors during grad school


  • Bar Harbor, ME