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.
October 2017 – I’m heading up to Darwin to start field work with Pat Backwell on fiddler crabs!
March 2017 – My paper with Bruno and Leigh on the rates of polyandry in wild-caught dung beetles just came out in Molecular Ecology
September 2016 – My opinion article on the differences between sexually selected weapons and ornaments is the cover article in Trends in Ecology and Evolution
November 2014 – I moved to Perth! 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