I am currently a lecturer in biology at the University of Wyoming, and this spring (2017) I earned my PhD in Ecology (Alex Buerkle lab). In the fall 2017, I will join the faculty in the Biology Department at Northwest College in Powell WY.
My broad research interests
- Ecological genetics of plant species diversification and persistence
- Biogeographical patterns of genetic and ecological variation
- Maintenance of divergent species in the face of interspecific gene flow
In my dissertation project I used a population genetic approach and statistical models to investigate species of spruce across their western North American range. My main goal was to characterize factors that contribute to the maintenance and distribution of divergent species in this genus.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."