I'm very excited about the proposal. It builds nicely on the work I've been doing with a graduate student and post-doctoral research associate for the past 2 1/2 years3 and extends it, using cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology, to provide an unusually complete description of the genetic architecture of adaptively significant traits involved in a striking evolutionary radiation. I hope reviewers agree.
1I'm writing this while sitting in the departure lounge at Logan International Airport. I'll be back in the States late on the afternoon of 20 January.
3Full disclosure. The post-doctoral research associate and graduate student working with me on this project really deserve all of the credit for its success. They collected all of the samples, established experimental plants in greenhouses and gardens, extracted and analyzed all of the DNA for microsatellite variation, and measured all of the traits whose evolution we're trying to understand. My role has been, mostly, that of cheerleader and statistical consultant.