By Hayley Darby and Cho Wee

Hayley is a graduate student in the Botany Department at the University of British Columbia. Her long-term goal is to develop a blueberry variety with tomato-size fruit. Cho Wee obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and has been publishing numerous high impact articles ever since. She is a life-long member of the Interplanetary Scientification Society.


– – – Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics. (2014). Vol 1. pp7-19 pdf download. ABSTRACT: Cave-adapted organisms commonly evolve convergent morphological, physiological and behavioral traits. The rare cave-adapted wookie species, Wookiee troglodytus, presents an opportunity to characterize underlying evolutionary mechanisms driving phenotypic expression in a complex sentient humanoid. The cave wookie presents several features associated with adaptation to subterranean habitats: pigment-less hair, reduced visual acuity, overall smaller stature, elongated limbs and decreased aggression. Uncovering the evolutionary processes directing the complex morphological and behavioral traits requires genome-level analysis. To unpack these complex traits, complete nuclear transcriptomes and enrichment profiles were assessed for…