Ph.D. student, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, 2014-present
Advisors: Tom Parchman and Mary Peacock
M.S., Chromosome Biology, Cal Poly State University, 2014
B.S., Microbiology, University of Georgia, 2009
My interests revolve around comparative evolution, genetic architecture of adaptive traits, and genome divergence. I am investigating how historical, geographical, and environmental factors (including global climate change) shape genomic and phenotypic variation in multiple systems. Current research focuses on (1) genomic variation and genetic architecture of adaptive traits, and the evolutionary context from which serotiny has evolved, in emblematic California fire pines, (2) population genetic and genomic structure of nonnative rainbow trout of the Lake Tahoe Basin with regard to the reintroduction of native Lahontan cutthroat trout, (3) hybridization and introgression dynamics in Utah and June, and Tahoe and mountain sucker complexes, and (4) population genetic structure of Mongolia’s enormous native salmonids, taimen and lenok, prior to the placement of within-river hydroelectric barriers.