I am currently a JSMF postdoc with Emilie Snell-Rood at the University of Minnesota and Dan Bolnick at the University of Connecticut. I aim to understand how interactions between hosts and parasites can shape host behavior and evolution, from variation between individuals to changing patterns across populations. My research spans the fields of evolution, immunology, behavioral ecology, and parasitology. I work with several study systems, including barn swallows, pacific swallows, stickleback, and butterflies.
I did my Ph.D. in Rebecca Safran's lab, where I studied how local adaptation to parasite communities can shape divergent sexual selection across three barn swallow subspecies. At the University of Colorado, I also did a postdoc with Scott Taylor, to understand how gene expression and the environment influence the expression of sexually selected melanin color in barn swallows.
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.