10478130_10152603847872806_5923387056483928875_nI am a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) working in the Parchman lab.  My research focuses on incorporating phylogenomic and population genomic techniques to understand how environmental variation and natural histories mediate population structure, local adaptation, and genetic differentiation through time. I received my Masters from San Francisco State University in conjunction with the California Academy of Sciences where my research focused on sea slugs (Nudibranchia).  At UNR my dissertation research focuses on understanding what genetic structuring underlies geographic variation in the phenotypic interface of coevolution between garter snakes and newts.

Aside from my dissertation, I am also investigating how dispersal and geographic barriers shape genetic differentiation and responses to changing environments in marine systems using sea slugs as case study.  I am also very passionate about scientific outreach and education, and a very strong advocate for hands on scientific learning.  “Curiosity can’t be taught.  It’s something that could only be nurtured.”  It is up to current researchers to help nurture future generations to continue to ask questions.