About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Population Biology at the University of California at Davis, where I work in the lab of Peter Wainwright.

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

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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.