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 evolution, physiology, and behavior - from variation between individuals to changing patterns across populations and species. My research spans the fields of evolution, immunology, behavioral ecology, and parasitology. I have explored these questions in several different study systems, including barn swallows, threespine 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.