Justin C. Bagley, Ph.D.

Evolutionary Biologist, Postdoc

Virginia Commonwealth University University

    Research Interests

  • Phylogeography
  • Population genomics
  • Systematics / Diversification
  • Bioinformatics


  • Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University
  • M.Sc., Biology, The University of Alabama
  • B.Sc., Biology, The University of Alabama


Justin C. Bagley is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University; Senior Research Associate in the Departamento de Zoologia at Universidade de Brasília; researcher in ecological and evolutionary genetics of animals and plants in North America and the Neotropics; developer of PIrANHA, RADish, and other repositories for analyzing population genomic and phylogenomic datasets.

After receiving his BS and MSc degrees in Biology from The University of Alabama in 2004 and 2008, he received his PhD in Integrative Biology in 2014, from Brigham Young University for his work on comparative phylogeography and species delimitation in Central American freshwater fishes under Jerry Johnson. He was a Young Talent Fellow postdoc in Brazil's CNPq Science Without Borders program under Francisco Langeani and Guarino Colli at the Universidade de Brasília, 2015–2017. In 2017, he moved to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is now a Postdoctoral Scholar in Andrew Eckert's Plant Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory.

Justin is an evolutionary biologist focusing on problems in molecular ecology and biodiversity science – particularly the use of genome-wide SNP data to understand how historical and ecological processes shape the spatial and temporal distributions of biodiversity in freshwater and terrestrial environments. Current research projects focus on molecular phylogeography, speciation, and local adaptation in North American and Neotropical freshwater fishes and forest tree communities.

Justin is a reviewer for Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, PeerJ, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and a dozen other journals in ecology and evolutionary biology.

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orcid: 0000-0001-6737-8380
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Justin Bagley
Plant Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory
Department of Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 W Cary St
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2012

Email: jcbaIgleydon't@wantvcuspam! .So please leave me alone!edu
Phone: +1 (804)-828-0820

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