Thanks for visiting! I am fascinated by morphological and behavioral diversity and my research aims to understand the selective pressures that drive (and constrain) this variation. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Syracuse University studying reproductive evolution in fruit flies. Previously, I have studied mate choice in fiddler crabs, post-mating sexual selection in horned dung beetles, and the form and function of horns in giant rhinoceros beetles (to name just a few). Although I consider myself first and foremost an evolutionary biologist, my research integrates tools from diverse disciplines, including behavioral ecology, functional morphology, physiology, biomechanics, and molecular biology.
July 2020 – I won the T.H. Huxley Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution for my education activity on how to build phylogenetic trees and interpret the evolutionary relationships they represent
June 2020 – My paper with Caitlin, Scott, and Steve on post-mating responses of the female reproductive tract just came out in ProcB
June 2018 – I moved to Syracuse! I just started a postdoctoral position with Scott Pitnick and Steve Dorus on molecular evolution of sperm-female reproductive tract interactions in Drosophila