Grounded in a fascination with natural history, I seek to understand how interactions between species contribute to biodiversity by integrating evolution and ecology from genomes to communities. I am particularly passionate about the evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator interactions, and am enthusiastic about bringing the scientific process into the classroom.
Current research in my lab focuses mostly on life history evolution in Mimulus ringens and population genetics in Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus). My work with coevolution and cospeciation in Joshua Trees and their moth pollinators springs from a postdoc (2014 – 2017) with Chris Smith at Willamette University. My PhD, completed in Jeff Conner’s lab at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (2014), dealt with the evolution of male floral organs in the mustard family.