My research interests revolve broadly around the spatial distribution of genetic variation (neutral or adaptive) across entire species ranges. My PhD research at the University of Missouri focused on patterns of genetic diversity in the American black bear (Ursus americanus), while my postdoctoral research at Fordham University focused on brown rats (Rattus norvegicus). I am currently a postdoc at Michigan State University. I use phylogeography and demographic modeling to understand spatial-genetic patterns across a species’ range. This background information then informs scans for selection in the genome to understand how these species are adapting to their local environments.
I’m the founder and one of the bloggers at WildlifeSNPits, a blog focused on the intersection of evolution and conservation. I enjoy writing blog posts that engage non-scientists with evolutionary concepts especially when I can draw upon pop culture.
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Michigan State University
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