Heather Farrington

Research and Outreach Coordinator, Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • B.S. in Biology and Business Administration, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH

Research Interests

Heather's background is in population, conservation and evolutionary genetics. Her work mainly focuses on how populations change on the genetic level over both long and short time scales – from thousands of years to just a few generations. She is also interested in the genetics of small populations, both endangered species with shrinking population sizes and invasive species that establish in new places from just a small number of individuals.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Farrington, H.L., Edwards, C.E., Guan, X., Carr, M.R., Baerwaldt, K., Lance, R.F. 2015. Mitochondrial genome sequencing and development of genetic markers for the detection of DNA invasive bighead and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and H. molitrix) in environmental water samples from the United States. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117803. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117803
  • Farrington, H., Lawson, L., Clark, C., Petren, K. 2014. The evolutionary history of Darwin’s finches: speciation, gene flow, and introgression in a fragmented landscape. Evolution 68(10):2932-2944.
  • Farrington, H.L., Petren, K. 2011. A century of genetic change and metapopulation dynamics in the Galápagos warbler finch (Certhidea). Evolution 65(11):3148-3161.
  • Parker, P.G., Buckles, E.L., Farrington, H., Petren, K., Whiteman, N.K., Ricklefs, R.E., Bollmer, J.L., Jimenez-Uzcategui, G. 2011. 110 Years of Avipoxvirus in the Galápagos Islands. PLoS ONE 6(1):e15989.
  • Brumm, H., Farrington, H., Petren, K., Fessl, B. 2010. Evolutionary dead end in the Galápagos: divergence of sexual signals in the rarest of Darwin’s finches. PLoS ONE 5(6):e11191.

Fields of Research