I am 5th year PhD candidate, Maytag Fellow in the McCracken Labat the University of Miami, and a Visiting Academic Scholar at Rice University in the Egan Lab(starting Fall 2016).
Generally, I'm interested in the evolutionary forces behind features allowing organisms to adapt to a new environment, and invade a new niche (ie. local adaptation), especially at the genetic/genomic level. I am also increasingly interested in the role of transcription factors in driving evolution, as well as how genomes evolve.
Specifically, my dissertation research focuses on the genetic mechanisms associated with altitudinal adaptation in avian species who reside in the Andes Mountains.
I am also involved in ongoing scientific outreach through the Girl Scouts, and creating educational activities for the undergraduate level (university/college, community college).