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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:population genetics and molecular systematics of vertebrates, evolutionary biology
Biography:Kilpatrick's interests are in the areas of population genetics, molecular systematics and evolutionary biology. His research combines laboratory and field techniques either to examine the genetic structure of populations or to examine the amount and pattern of genetic differentiation among taxonomic units. Most current work involves the utilization of protein electrophoresis, DNA-DNA hybridization, or methods of indirect and direct comparison of DNA sequences. Research in progress includes patterns of gene duplication and silencing of duplicated salivary amylase genes among families of muroid rodents, molecular systematics of several complex groups of rodents, and comparisons of census methods and parsimony analysis of combined data sets in the inference of phylogenetic relationships. His expertise also extends to bats, viruses and especially the hanta virus. Kilpatrick has testified in court many times as a forensic expert.