Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Speciation
  • Recombination
  • Population Genetics
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Bioinformatics

My lab works on projects related to speciation, hybridization and evolution of recombination rates.

Our research is focused on understanding the genetic processes involved in species formation.

Our research in evolutionary genomics focuses on three major areas:

  1. Speciation genetics
  2. Recombination rate evolution and its impact on genomic architecture
  3. Variation in levels of introgression across the genome

Subject area: Evolutionary Genetics & Systematics

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in what drives species formation and what consequences it has on population genetic variation. To understand which factors inhibit and facilitate species formation, I work with close relatives that hybridize. Because hybridization begins with recombination in the F1, I'm also interested in how variable both hybridization and recombination are across the genome, how they impact genetic variation, and the evolution of recombination rates between species.

Biological Science
PhD, Duke University, Biology, 2011
MA, Rice University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2007
BS, Centenary College of Louisiana, Biophysics, 2005