Matt Farnitano

Matt FarnitanoMatt Farnitano

Research Technician, Hopkins Lab

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.384.5631
Fax: 617.384.6596


BS Biology, Duke University

Research Interests

As a research technician in the Hopkins Lab, I am involved with projects studying the genetics of reproductive isolation in Phlox flowering plants. We examine a number of pathways to speciation and differentiation, including hybridization, flower color changes, and pollen-pistil incompatibilities. More generally, I am interested in how genetic and environmental factors interact over time to produce the phenotypic variation we see in our world. I am also an avid bird watcher, and in my spare time I compose and play music. Before coming to the Arboretum, I worked as an aviculturist and bird keeper at the world’s largest collection of waterfowl, in eastern North Carolina.