I'm interested in addressing the process of speciation and the factors that lead to it, particularly for lineages that have recently diverged but have not experienced an ecological shift. Similarly, investigating species delimitation practices and species concepts is a driving factor of my research.
I am originally from the Central Coast of California, but I attended college and subsequently worked for two years in Riverside, CA. While in Riverside, I began conducting biodiversity studies in Malaysia focusing on amphibians and reptiles. From there, I moved to Philadelphia where I got my masters degree studying the biogeography and systematics of a group of geckos on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. My interest in biodiversity and the speciation process motivated me to be a part of the Biology Department at the UW.