IMG_7239_2I am an evolutionary ecologist broadly interested in how biodiversity is generated and maintained. More specifically, my research seeks to understand how ecological variation—especially in natural enemies, such as predators and parasites—influences the evolution of mating systems and sexually selected traits. I am currently a postdoc in Marlene Zuk’s lab at the University of Minnesota, where I am using the Pacific field cricket (Teleogryllus oceanicus) to investigate tradeoffs between natural and sexual selection, and consequences of rapid evolutionary loss of a primary sexual signal. I recently finished my PhD in Brian Langerhans’ lab at North Carolina State University, where I used Bahamas mosquitofish (Gambusia hubbsi) inhabiting blue holes across Andros Island to investigate how natural and sexual selection contribute to diversification in a number of phenotypic traits, including male genital morphology, coloration, and behavior.

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