I am a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the lab of Karin Pfennig. I am interested in how behaviors evolve, and how they influence ecological processes, gene flow and speciation. I am seeking postdoctoral positions for summer or fall 2021.
During my Masters I studied the sensory ecology of mate signals in the Cummings lab at UT Austin. My current work investigates the evolutionary processes driving variation in mating behaviors among populations of New Mexico Spadefoot toads (Spea multiplicata), including sexual selection, climate change, reinforcement, and introgression.
To address these questions, I use a combination of field sampling, laboratory experiments, curation/use of long-term datasets, basic molecular methods, and analysis of acoustic and visual signals. I also have some experience with phylogenetic comparative methods. I enjoy field work and have extensive experience in the desert Southwest of the USA, as well as British Columbia, Mexico, and the Carribean. I love wildlife and natural spaces, and have particular fondness for desert and montane landscapes. My teaching experience spans 19 terms and 6 courses, and I have developed original teaching materials using evidence-based approaches to STEM education.