I am interested in understanding the diversity of species traits and adaptions throughout the natural world. My specific interests are in mate choice and social associations. Traditionally studies of mate choice and sexual selection focused on female choice and one-to-one interactions with little work being done on male mate choice or how social influences impact mate choice. My doctoral research used the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata, to answer some of these questions.
I am currently a post doctoral researcher in Michael Banks' Marine Fisheries Genetics Lab at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University. Here, I am using genetic techniques (e.g. Genotyping by Sequencing) to understand the genetic basis of mate choice in coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). Hopefully this research will shed light on why wild salmon have greater reproductive success than their hatchery counterparts. Ultimately, this research should help us make better decisions in fisheries management and contribute to research aimed at conservation and food security.