About Me

I will be beginning a new position as an Assistant Marine Scientist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at the Marine Resources Research Institute in Charleston in January 2020.

I previously completed a Postdoc at Yale University in the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science under the mentorship of Dr. Nicholas Christakis working on human microbiome changes across complex network landscapes. My research at the HNL was focused on the genomics of social networks and the connections between the human microbiome and the environment.

I received my PhD from Yale, advised by Dr. David Post, where I explored the interactions among temperature, life history, and physiology in zooplankton species, where I did extensive field work in Eastern Siberia (Lake Baikal) and coastal Connecticut lakes.

My research combines theory, field work, and population genetics to understand population biology and evolution across complex, heterogeneous landscapes.  I am particularly motivated by examining eco-evolutionary interactions and uncovering potential evolutionary pathways for adaptation to climate change.

I value translational research that is accessible to the K-12 science curriculum and undergraduates.  During my time at Yale, I also enjoyed living and learning among the undergraduates at Saybrook College as the Resident Graduate Affiliate and being an active member of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning as a McDougal Fellow and Graduate and Professional Student Development Coordinator.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!