Research

My primary research interests are in biodiversity genomics. I generally seek to understand the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain genetic and phenotypic diversity in natural populations, and across evolutionary timescales. This work encompasses lab- and field-based studies of reptile and amphibian systems in Southeast Asia, Mexico, and the western United States. The focus of this research is to quantify biodiversity in communities across these regions and identify how it is shaped by evolutionary processes. Because much of this research relies on the use of genomic data and computational tools, I am also interested in identifying how well statistical phylogenetic and population genetic models fit empirical datasets, and identifying the ways in which we can improve them to make the inferences we draw under them more reliable. 

As an organismal and field biologist, I am also deeply interested in natural history and applying my research to conservation biology. My background includes work in wildlife and conservation biology with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, and U.C. Davis. Current projects include assessing the goodness of fit of widely-used models for identifying species boundaries using genomic data, investigating population demographics and hybridization in whiptail lizards in Mexico, and historical resurveys of lizard communities in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin Deserts.

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