Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Saint Louis University (2008)
M.A., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Missouri – Columbia (2004)
B.S., Biology & Natural Sciences – Chemistry
Missouri Western State University (1998)
office phone: (607) 254-2162
Students interested in conducting research with me should contact me directly to discuss potential opportunities.
I am interested in many aspects of ichthyology research including evolutionary biology, natural history, phylogenetics, population genetics, and comparative anatomy. In my work I attempt to integrate these interests into a unified whole with a focus on the power held by specimens deposited in Natural History collections.
I use a multi-faceted approach to accomplish my research goals, which includes data from genomics, traditional multi-locus DNA sequence datasets, development, and morphological character complexes from CT scans and cleared and stained specimens. These are used to understand species interrelationships and reconstruct hypotheses of relationships. This phylogenetic foundation is then built upon to understand evolutionary phenomena such as temporal diversification using fossil calibrations, elucidating the role that morphology and ecology play in diversification, pattern and process during lineage diversification, and biogeographic history. In addition to the application of phylogenetics to evolutionary biology, I am also deeply interested in philosophical questions related to the practice of phylogenetic systematics.