Emily Fountain

Job title:

Research Scientist and Genetics Lab Manager

Contact info:

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

1630 Linden Drive

Madison, WI 53706-1598


Research Interests:

Evolution is amazing! I love to study how species evolved and the factors that influence their current evolutionary path. To do this I use genetics combined with information such as geography, geology, ecology, and behavior.

For my postdoc in the Peery Lab, I worked on the population genomics of Hoffmann’s two-toed (Choloepus hoffmanni) and the brown-throated three-toed (Bradypus variegatus) sloths. I used double digest RADseq for SNP discovery to answer questions on population connectivity and migration, and the effects of agroecology on sloth evolution. I also investigated the molecular coevolution of sloths and their algae.

I now manage the molecular laboratory where I mentor graduate students on the molecular aspects of their projects and work on the genomics of spotted owls. I also lead the research on a molecular study investigating the diet of marbled murrelets using a custom amplicon approach.

Selected Publications:

Fountain, E. D., Kang, J., Tempel, D. J., Palsbøll, P. J., Pauli, J. N., and Peery, M. Z. 2018. Genomics meets applied ecology: Characterizing habitat quality for sloths in a tropical agro-ecosystem. Molecular Ecology 27:41-53.

Fountain, E. D., Pauli, J. N., Mendoza, J. E., Carlson, J., and Peery, M. Z. 2017. Cophylogenetics and biogeography reveal a coevolved relationship between sloths and their symbiont algae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 110:73-80.

Wiseman, B. H., Fountain, E. D., Bowie, M. H., He, S., and Cruickshank, R. H. 2016. Vivid molecular divergence over volcanic remnants: The phylogeography of Megadromus guerinii on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 1-12.

Pauli, J. N., Peery, M. Z., Fountain, E. D., and Karasov, W. 2016. Arboreal folivores limit their energetic output, all the way to slothfulness. The American Naturalist 188:196–204.

Fountain, E. D., Pauli, J. N., Reid, B. N., Palsbøll, P. J., and Peery, M. Z. 2016. Finding the right coverage: The impact of coverage and sequence quality on single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping error rates. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 966–978.

Fountain, E. D., Pugh, A. R., Wiseman, B. H., Smith, V. R., Cruickshank, R. H. and Paterson, A. M. 2015. On the captive rearing of Hadramphus tuberculatus (Pascoe 1877) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae): Is ex-situ conservation the lesser of two weevils? New Zealand Entomologist 1-10.

Pauli, J. N., Moss, W. E., Manlick, P. J., Fountain, E. D., Kirby, R., Sultaire, S. M., Perrig, P. L., Mendoza, J. E., Pokallus, J. W. and Heaton, T. H. 2015. Promoting exotics or protecting endemics? Uncertain histories, differing benchmarks and the case of martens in the Tongass National Forest. Conservation Biology 29:1257-1267.