Dr. Gepts’ research and teaching program focuses on crop biodiversity and genetic resources. He is interested in elucidating the evolutionary processes that shape the diversity of crops and their wild progenitors, with a focus on beans and cowpea, as well as Mesoamerican domesticates. To achieve this goal, he is combining field and laboratory approaches that span the gamut from field explorations in Latin America to marker analyses and genomics. Dr. Gepts is also interested in investigating the consequences of the evolutionary patterns for the breeding of new germplasm or cultivars.
Department: Plant Sciences
Lab: Gepts Lab