I am currently a PhD candidate with Dr. Rebecca Safran in the Ecology and Evolution Department at the University of Colorado.
The mechanisms behind how new species form and how hosts and parasites coevolve have always fascinated me and I am now trying to understand how these things might interact. My graduate research is focused on how adaptation to parasites may be driving sexual trait divergence and speciation. To answer these questions, I am studying divergent populations of barn swallows and their many parasites. With my research, I hope to gain new insight into what information divergent sexual traits are offering to females within and across populations.
To learn more about what I do check out my research page. Read my blog for fun updates on fieldwork, science, and adventure both at home and abroad.