Hello and welcome to my academic website. Here you can find information about my research, publications, software development, and other news. I (hope to) regularly write posts on topics related to ecology, evolution and bioinformatics with the goal of documenting fun stories and useful Python and R code. I’m currently a post-doc in the Donoghue Lab at Yale University. Before starting here I earned by Bachelors at the University of Minnesota, worked as a research associate at Brown University, and earned my PhD at the University of Chicago.
Primary research interests:
- Genomics: RADseq bioinformatics and phylogenetics
- Ecology: Interspecific reproductive interference in hyperdiverse lineages
- Evolution: Comparative approaches to measuring genomic introgression
- Botany: Pollen-pistil relationships and floral evolution in Pedicularis
Bioinformatics – I created and still actively develop and research the program
Reproductive Interference – My research software is broadly focused on understanding why some clades of organisms contain more species than others, and within this
Pedicularis – Much of my research is focused on the hyperdiverse genus Pedicularis in its center of diversity in the Hengduan Mountains of China (the eastern side of the Tibetan plateau), where nearly 300 species are endemic. Pedicularis in this region frequently overlap in their geographic ranges, flower synchronously during the short alpine summer, and share bumblebee pollinators. This combination of factors raises the potential for pollen transfer between different species, which can have negative fitness consequences (termed reproductive interference), and consequently impose strong selection on floral phenotypes. I combine genomic RADseq approaches above and below the species-level with field-based experiments and ecological studies to better understand the evolutionary consequences of these interactions.
Oaks – Coyne
Viburnum – A model system for phylogenetic comparative methods in plants, and in particular historical biogeography and leaf trait evolution. We are using RADseq methods to infer deep-scale phylogenies, infer introgression between lineages, resolve polyploid lineages, and study replicate radiations of leaf forms among Viburnum in central and south America.