I am fascinated by morphological diversity, and my research aims to understand the selective pressures that drive (and constrain) the evolution of animal form. Specifically, I study animal weapons, which are among nature’s most impressive and diverse structures. I am first and foremost a behavioral ecologist, but my research integrates many disciplines, including functional morphology, physiology, biomechanics, ecology and evolution.
September 2016 - My opinion article on the differences between sexually selected weapons and ornaments is the cover article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution!
April 2016 - My first paper with Leigh just came out in Behavioral Ecology
November 2014 - I just moved to Australia! I am starting an NSF postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Leigh Simmons at the University of Western Australia on pre- and post-mating sexual selection in dung beetles
October 2014 - My PNAS paper with Bret and Doug on structural adaptations of beetle horns was highlighted by Ed Yong for National Geographic