Research Interests

My research interests broadly include speciation, systematics, phylogeography, and biogeography in non-model mammalian systems.  I am specifically interested in how genetic and ecological processes can affect the evolutionary history of mammals. I enjoy using a combination of field-based techniques and laboratory methods to answer questions, such as phylogenetics, population genetics, and ecological niche modelling. My research experiences range from behavioral observations of black-tailed prairie dogs, ecological studies of small mammals using standard live-trapping techniques, understanding the social systems of banner-tailed kangaroo rats using molecular techniques, and using phylogenetic techniques to understand the diversification of pocket gophers in Mexico.