Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Ecology, evolution, and quantitative methods.

We study the factors within populations that generate among individual differences in highly conspicuous features of mating systems, life histories, and sexual dimorphisms. These features dynamically interact to determine the transmission of alleles between generations and to govern population demography. Thus, our research addresses fundamental questions in biology regarding how organisms mate, what maintains adaptive genetic variation, and how do populations respond to environmental change.

In particular, we focus on how differences among individuals in they way they look, perform, or behave affect survival, mating success, and reproductive output to quantitatively predict population level changes within and between generations.


  • Investigates the causes of among individual variation and how they affect evolution by natural selection.

Subject area:

  • Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Core,
  • Evolutionary Genetics & Systematics Core.
Biological Science
PhD, University of California, Riverside, 2013
BSc, College of William and Mary, 2007
quantitative genetics ecology and population ecology evolutionary biology statistical ecology