Evolutionary Genomics in
Speciation, hybridization, genomics, human change, chickadees, citizen science
I am currently a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Formerly, I was a NSF Predoctoral Fellow at CU Boulder working with Dr. Scott Taylor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department.
Combining genomics with field studies, I explore hybridization in human contexts: specifically, I study if humans are causing species, that otherwise wouldn't, to interbreed in habitats modified by humans.
I investigate how human habitat disturbances drive hybridization and the evolutionary consequences of this hybridization for populations.
For my dissertation work, I founded and directed the Boulder Chickadee Study as an experimental framework and citizen science network to explore the natural histories of Colorado chickadees, and to improve our understanding of how humans shape evolutionary trajectories.