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 sexually selected weapons and ornaments, 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.
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
May 2018 – I have been invited to give a talk at a Royal Society meeting on Sexual selection: patterns in the history of life
February 2018 – My paper with Bruno and Leigh on the interaction between pre- and post-mating sexual selection in dung beetles is published in 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
October 2014 – My PNAS paper with Bret and Doug on structural adaptations of beetle horns was highlighted by Ed Yong for National Geographic