About Me

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in using genomic and transcriptomic data to explore questions with conservation and management implications. Currently, my postdoctoral work in Janna Willoughby's lab at Auburn University seeks to characterize genetic and environmental determinants of fitness in a fully pedigreed population of banner-tailed kangaroo rats.

During my graduate studies, I completed an MS in Biology at Central Michigan University focusing on Antarctic sea spider phylogeography and a PhD at Purdue University in Mark Christie's lab. The common thread through my dissertation chapters was the powerful influence that hatcheries can have on genetic and demographic characteristics of supplemented salmonid populations.

Outside of work, I enjoy canoeing, trying to catch as many fish species as I can, and spending time with my spouse and dogs.



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602 Duncan Dr.
Auburn, AL 36849
United States of America