When populations adapt to new, distinct habitats, a range of outcomes can occur- from low levels of ecological divergence to the evolution of complete reproductive isolation. I apply field, lab, and computational approaches to understand why some conditions facilitate adaptation and speciation, while others do not.
As a postdoctoral researcher in Todd Schlenke’s lab at Reed College, I study host-parasite coevolution of Drosophila melanogaster and its associated endoparasitoid wasps to understand the genomic consequences of ecological interactions.
I completed my doctoral dissertation research with Luke Harmon and Erica Rosenblum at the University of Idaho, where I studied parallel instances of adaptive divergence to determine how factors such as variable selection, asymmetrical mate preference, and levels of standing genetic variation influence the evolution of reproductive isolation. The bulk of my dissertation research focused on populations of desert lizards in White Sands, New Mexico.