4042 Biological Sciences Building
Center for the Study of Complex Systems
500 Church Street, Suite 700
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ph.D., Computer Science and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University
B.S., Computer Science, Xavier University
Our research spans several disciplines all while trying to answer fundamental questions about how evolution works. While I often approach questions from an experimentalist’s perspective, work in our lab relies on a mixture of computational, mathematical, and microbial systems. I am predominantly drawn to understanding host-parasite coevolution because the constant push-and-pull of antagonistic interactions emphasizes the dynamic and interdependent nature of biological evolution. These antagonistic interactions have been implicated in some fascinating large-scale evolutionary patterns, such as diversification, sexual reproduction, and increasing organismal complexity. How coevolution is further influenced by such large-scale patterns presents even more fascinating problems that orient the lab’s long term goals.