In August 2017, I joined the Biology Program at the University of Louisiana Monroe as Assistant Professor. My research uses genetics and GIS to investigate processes driving amphibian distributions in the Southeast USA - in particular, highly disjunct distributions.
My general interests are in phylogeography and conservation of amphibians in the Southeast USA. I aim to incorporate genetics and spatially-explicit modeling into all of my work. I am currently learning new methods of next-generation sequencing data generation and analysis.
My undergraduate education is in elementary education, and as an evolutionary biologist, my goal is to combine my pedagogical knowledge with skills in the sciences to create meaningful, exciting learning experiences for children and adults.
Successful Defense! (4/26/2017)
I was very excited to give my PhD exit seminar to a full house in the gallery of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, in front of LSU's original mascot, Mike I. After successfully defending my dissertation, I am ready to move on to the next phase of my career. Many thanks to my excellent advisor and committee for unending support.
New Paper! (2017)
Evolution of Genome Size
We determined the genome size of Plethodon serratus (21 Gb!), and reconstructed the evolutionary history of genome size in Plethodon salamanders. See CV for citation and PDF.
New Paper! (2016)
a Large-Genome Salamander
Next-generation sequencing of UCEs for Plethodon serratus phylogeography. This is the first study to use sequence capture for a large-genome salamander. Dissertation Chapter 2. See CV for citation and PDF.