I am interested in the processes that promote or constrain the evolution of new biological species. This includes (1) understanding the role of adaptation via natural selection in the speciation process and (2) exploring the genomic architecture associated with and mediating the evolution of new species. This work integrates natural history, manipulative field experiments, behavioral observations, population genetics, and genomics.
I also collaborate in a large interdisciplinary research group that combines principles of population genetics, ecology, engineering, biogeochemistry, and nanoparticle physics to address important societal challenges, such as the rapid environmental detection of disease or their vectors or invasive species, or quantifying biodiversity. We use environmental DNA sampling combined with targeted species-specific or community-wide metagenetic approaches.
Environmental diagnostics, Evolution, Speciation, Population genetics and genomics
Ph.D. Biology (2010) Vanderbilt University; B.S. Biology (EEB) (1999) University of Texas; M.S. Biology (2004) Texas State University