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My lab’s research focuses on understanding coevolutionary interactions with the overall goal to develop a mechanistic understanding by which abiotic and biotic forces drive the direction and rate of evolutionary change. We use a combination of mathematical modeling and molecular analysis in both field and laboratory settings. I am interested in building current study systems as well as developing new systems.

Current research topics address:

  1. Conflict and cooperation in the cotransmission of genomes
  2. Coevolution in spatially structured populations
  3. Dynamics of pathogens in response to global change
  4. Adaptation to abiotic vs. genetic environments
  5. Phenotypic plasticity in invasive species

More information on current projects can be found online.


The University of Alaska Fairbanks is renowned for its strengths in wildlife, ecology, and evolutionary biology research. Find more info online about the University, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and
the Department of Biology and Wildlife.


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Financial support for students accepted into the department and this research group will be through a combination of Research assistantships (RAs) and Teaching Assistantships (TAs). Interested students are also encouraged to apply for graduate research fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Students with demonstrated lab (wet or dry) abilities, and capable of data analysis and writing are preferred and encouraged to apply. Contact me with: letter of interest, curriculum vitae (including summaries of grades and GRE scores), and the names of at least two references.