My research is focussed on the microevolutionary processes that mediate population and lineage diversification, mostly in amphibians and reptiles. Specific areas of interests include: natural selection, behavior and sexual selection, spatial patterns of diversity, the evolution and functional significance of color pattern, population genomics and phylogeography, the California Channel Islands, speciation, and biogeography of Central America.
I teach the Introductory Biology course (106) for Biology majors - this course is part of the myCSUN tablet initiative - we use the iPad in class to engage with course material during lecture - thus creating a student-centered learning environment! I also teach Molecular Markers in Evolutionary Studies (BIOL452) -- a course which introduces students to the lab techniques and concepts used in Molecular Ecology.
- Ph.D. 2008, Cornell University
- M.S. 2001, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- B.S. 1993, University of California Davis
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