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I'm an evolutionary biologist studying the co-evolutionary nature of Earth and life. I work at the interface of physical and biological processes across timescales; with training in geology and biology I choose projects motivated by this basic question: how does the physical evolution of Earth drive the genetic, diversity, speciation, and distribution patterns we see in species today?
Boston University B.A. 1. Earth Sciences 2. Biology w/ Spec. Conservation & Ecology 2008
University of Californi, Los Angeles M.S. Biology 2013
University of Californi, Los Angeles Ph.D. Biology 2015
-assessing the role of glacioeustatic sea-level change in the distribution of coastal habitats in tectonically complex regions in genetic diversification of coastal fishes (California & Gulf of California)
-testing tectonic, climatic, volcanic, esutstatic, and weather-driven drivers of vicariant speciation and endemism along the Baja California peninsula and greater Sonoran Desert
-determining genes that underlying local adaptation in desert tortoises (Gopherus spp.) using population genomic sequencing and ecological niche models.
-convergence of population genetic theory, patterns of genome evolution and organism complexity in the RNA world