Population Genomic Structure • Species Interactions • Sonoran Desert

I am an evolutionary ecologist tackling fundamental questions at the intersection of ecology and evolution with a diverse methodological toolbox. In particular, my work connects ecological processes to the generation and maintenance of genetic and genomic variation.  My research program employs two complementary perspectives to address long-standing questions about the role of ecology in adaptation and speciation:

  • How can we predict population genetic patterns from ecological processes observed in the field?
  • How can we infer the importance of ecological processes from population genomic patterns?

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Gideon Bradburd in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. My research interests broadly center on how species interactions contribute to population genomic structure across spatial scales. Throughout my PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with Dr. Judie Bronstein at the University of Arizona I studied the ecological mechanisms contributing to host associated genetic differentiation in desert mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum), a parasitic plant native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. My dissertation integrated field experiments and observations, theory, and population genomics to gain insights into the ecology and evolution of this non-model system. With my postdoctoral work in the Bradburd lab, I aim to understand the biotic drivers of statiotemporal patterns in genomic variation and their consequences for evolution in a changing world.

research key-words: spatiotemporal population genomic structure, host associated differentiation, mutualism, parasitic plants,  evolutionary ecology of desert systems

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