About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, where I work in the lab of Rich Glor. For the preceding three years I was based at UC Davis, first as the CPB Postdoctoral Fellow, and then as a postdoc with Peter Wainwright. Prior to that, I did my Ph.D. with Jonathan Losos at Harvard University.

In July, 2015, I’ll join the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor.

I’ll be looking for graduate students to start in Fall, 2015! Interested students should email me for more information.

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I’m interested in how ecology shapes the evolution of phenotypic diversity during diversification. In particular, my research investigates the relative roles of ecological interactions and historical constraints in determining rates and patterns of evolution in Anolis lizards, as well as in other radiations.

In much of my work, I use phylogenetic comparative methods to analyze patterns of macroevolutionary change. I combine phylogenetic hypotheses with measurements of phenotype and ecology to test hypotheses about the evolution of adaptations as lineages diversify over space and time.