My research lies at the intersection of evolution, ecology, and behavior. I examine how populations evolve in response to the environment, especially in cases of environmental change.
I study what generates, maintains, and erodes diversity within and between populations.
In my postdoctoral work, I'm studying the maintenance of a developmental polymorphism in salamanders and evaluating the fitness consequences of different life histories in a fluctuating environment. I'm curious to figure out what maintains the polymorphism instead of favoring a single morph or divergence that leads to distinct species.
In my Ph.D. research, I explored the evolution of reproductive isolation between limnetic and benthic threespine stickleback fish species pairs. I examined both how divergent sexual and natural selection maintained distinct species and how environmental change facilitated hybridization between one species pair.
I am enthusiastic about teaching, mentoring, and outreach.
I have taught 9 different courses, completed a teaching certificate, worked with K-12 students and teachers, mentored 15 undergraduates, and presented my research as well as evolutionary ideas to the general public through multiple events.