Welcome! I am a postdoctoral fellow with Nicole Gerardo and Jaap de Roode at Emory University. I am an evolutionary biologist broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of reproductive isolation. Specifically, I study the mechanisms that drive ecological speciation. I use experiments to test how adaptations to divergent selection directly influence reproductive compatibility. This interest has led to projects involving experimental evolution, local adaptation, behavioral ecology, and reproductive isolation. During my PhD I explored host-parasite interactions between birds and their ectoparasites. I used experimental evolution to show how pigeon body size and preening ability triggered reproductive isolation in parasitic feather lice. Currently my postdoc involves developing two new systems to study diversification. I use squash bugs and their beneficial Burkholderia endosymbionts to understand how gut microbes can influence their host’s phenotype and reproductive compatibility. I also use monarch butterflies as a model to identify how divergent ecological selection can directly influence mating behavior.
In October 2018 I started a three-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NIH-IRACDA fellowship is a unique postdoctoral experience where my primary research is complemented and integrated with a teaching program. This teaching component ranges from a How to Teach course, to classroom technologies, mentorship of undergraduates, classroom teaching experience, and course development. The NIH-IRACDA program is designed to prepare fellows in all aspects of both research and teaching.
Here you’ll find updates on my research, publications, mentoring, and teaching.