My research

My research interests are broadly focused in evolutionary ecology and comparative physiology. More specifically, I would like to better understand the physiological, nutritional, and developmental basis of variation in fitness-related traits, and how this variation relates to demography, behavior, and macro-evolutionary patterns. For example, how do hormones evolve in response to selection on the phenotypes they regulate developmentally? What are the cascading consequences of molecular evolution for investment in fitness-related traits, and how does this impact demography and behavior?

Currently at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences I am using a variety of techniques including hormone manipulation, high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics, agent-based modeling, and even get into the field when possible in order to better understand these questions using a number of butterfly species, and recently fish species as study organisms.

Monarch butterfly feeding

 

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