I am a macroevolutionary biologist, who develops and uses software to answer questions about diversification (speciation, extinction, and their drivers). Beyond understanding the formation of biosiversity, my research has two main goals: to develop rigorous tests that ensure our inferences are correct, and to integrate biological knowledge from other fields into our inferences, in order to bridge the gap between micro- and macro-ecology and -evolution.
I found that I am more fascinated with answering macroevolutionary questions than I am married to a specific group of organisms. So far, I have worked on mammals, angiosperms, and insects, but would be happy to broaden my horizon by applying my skills to questions in a new taxonomic group.
I am currently a postdoc in Emma Goldberg's Lab at the New Mexico Consortium, while being hosted in the Tank Lab and Harmon Lab at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho. My research addresses the adequacy of trait dependent diversification models.
My dissertation research in the lab of Brian O'Meara at the University of Tennessee addressed diversification both theoretically via adequacy tests for birth-death diversification models, and empirically by investigating the influence of biogeography and dung producers on the diversification rates of dung beetles. Other past research included trait- and habitat-dependent diversification in Ericaceae, and age determination in raccoons based on baculum morphology.