Evolutionary Ecology & Polyploid Speciation

I am a plant evolutionary ecologist interested in the processes generating patterns of biodiversity. The main thrust of my NSF funded research focuses on the interplay between ecology, genome duplication (polyploidy), and speciation. To answer questions at the interface of ecology and evolution I employ a wide range of tools, including ecological field studies, population genetics and molecular systematics, and greenhouse experiments.

Polyploidy is common in flowering plants, yet the ecological consequences of genome duplication for patterns of diversification remain unclear. Using the North American desert dominant Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata, Zygophyllaceae) to investigate this question, I have established field sites and a collection of greenhouse plants to make repeated ecological, phenological, and physiological measurements. I am also investigating the population genetics of the species, identifying patterns of gene flow, and characterizing plant-pollinator interactions in native habitat.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Stacey Smith in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado - Boulder, as well as adjunct Faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado - Denver.

I completed a Program of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship with Diana Pilson in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2015, and I did my PhD research with  Justin Ramsey.

You can also find me on ResearchGate, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

University of Colorado - Boulder
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Campus Box 334
Boulder, CO  80309

University of Colorado - Denver
Dept. of Integrative Biology
Campus Box 171, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO  80204