Broadly, my interests are paleobiology and macroevolution, focusing on Permo-Triassic amniotes. I study the synapsid Lystrosaurus across the End Permian Mass Extinction and use interdisciplinary methods to investigate extinction survival and recovery.
I study long-term viability and extinction risk in endangered species. My research is focused on how environmental factors interact with inbreeding depression to contribute to a decline in fertility in the endangered black-footed ferret.
I am focused on utilizing population genetics of invasive bird species as a model for understanding adaptive change & using this data to understand how climate change may impact the evolution of native species.
I’m currently interested in studying molecular adaptation to environmental stressors (especially those associated with anthropogenic climate change), with a focus on protein evolution and neofunctionalization.
I am interested in monogamous mating systems, and the outcome of brain, behavior, and physiology due to infertility in birds. I also explore sexual selection and blood parasitism with regard to avian behavior.
I am interested in behavioral and genomic approaches to study speciation at shallow time scales. I am fascinated by bird communication signals (e.g., plumage colors, songs, displays) and how these evolve during different stages of speciation.
I am an ornithologist interested in how the decisions of individual animals scale up to evolutionary processes. My research spans across many aspects of avian natural history, from interspecific competition, to signal evolution and movement ecology.