Associate Professor and Curator, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Museum of Zoology (UMMZ), University of Michigan

B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California (Steve Adolph)

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz (Barry Sinervo)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (Jim McGuire)

I study the ecological drivers of trait evolution in nature. Within reptiles and amphibians, I test how ecological factors regulate both tempo and mode of phenotypic evolution, particularly how new traits arise and why phenotypes (behavioral and morphological) change over time. The work that I’m currently most excited about addresses how complex phenotypes can also lead to disparities in the rates at which lineages make major ecological transitions, such as invasions of aquatic or arboreal environments from the land. These questions are best addressed within a comparative phylogenetic framework using both new and historical museum collections, so I am deeply committed to investment in museums and to transformative expansions...

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