Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Earley Lab at the University of Alabama. Our lab is highly diverse in research topics yet unified by our shared focus on Kryptolebias marmoratus, rivulus. Rivulus is a small hermaphroditic euryhaline fish inhabiting the mangrove forests of Central America, the Caribbean, and Florida. Self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and few males dominate Rivulus populations. Furthermore, rivulus is tolerant to a wide range of salinity, dissolved oxygen, hydrogen sulfide concentrations, and water regimes making for an ideal system for a host of different ecological and evolutionary questions.
I primarily work with fish but also have experience with trees and invertebrates. However, I am motivated by the question rather than the taxa. I employ a diverse range of methodology integrated from disciplines including biogeography, population genetics, oceanography, quantitative ecology, and environmental DNA to understand (i) how abiotic factors drive species distributions and range shifts, (ii) the relative impact of biotic versus abiotic factors on species abundance, and (iii) how factors of the intervening matrix, unsuitable habitat between populations, impact connectivity. I enjoy learning new skills and methods while expanding into new fields with plans to start a range of collaborations focus on temporal genetics, evolutionary simulations, and the evolution of learning. I strive for integrative research that pushes the boundary of ecology and evolutionary biology while bridging the gap between basic and applied science.
Besides being a dedicated researcher, I am an ex-collegiate athlete who loves to spend time hiking, biking, and swimming.