Assistant Professor, Biology & Director, Montana Field Station
Areas of research interest:
My broad interests include biogeography, ecology, evolutionary biology, and science pedagogy. I have several active areas of research, including work with freshwater fishes in the West Indies and with birds and aquatic systems in Montana. My West Indian research deals with fundamental questions of biogeography and evolution on islands. I am also interested in the processes of natural and sexual selection that shape fish diversity. My research lab uses a molecular phylogenetic approach to examine the origins and diversification of fishes on the islands. We also use behavioral analyses, as well as geometric morphometrics, to evaluate population level diversification and the origins of phenotypic and behavioral diversity. In Montana, I am interested in the effects of mining and heavy metal contamination on macroinvertebrate diversity.We also work with birds, including research on brood parasitic cowbirds and the evolution of host responses in Mountain Bluebirds.
- Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder