Evolutionary Genomics in
Speciation, hybridization, genomics,
human change, community science
I'm currently an NSF Predoctoral fellow and PhD Candidate at CU Boulder working with Dr. Scott Taylor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department.
I study how humans alter the way closely-related species interact and the evolutionary consequences of those altered interactions. Specifically, I explore how when humans build cities, they can change how species that live there interact, and in some cases, cause them to interbreed and produce hybrids. This hybridization in human-altered environments highlights the power of habitat disturbances to break well-established species barriers. However, few studies have experimentally assessed how disturbances drive hybridization.
Combining genomics and field studies, I investigate how disturbance modifies interactions between chickadees to promote hybridization. My work focuses on establishing a long-term study, the Boulder Chickadee Study, as an experimental framework and community science network.