Dept of Animal Ecology
Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC)
Norbyvägen 18 D
SE-752 36 Uppsala
+46 18 471 6484
Research background & interests
I am a broadly trained evolutionary biologist interested in multidisciplinary questions about how behavior, morphology, life history, and genetics vary across different environments and spatial scales. My Ph.D. research focused on the evolution of cooperative breeding behavior in the white-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta formosa), a highly gregarious Central American bird. As a postdoc, I have explored a diversity of topics, including the evolution of eggshell speckling and coloration in birds, the population genetic structure of both migratory and non-migratory North American songbirds, and the phylogenetic history of cooperative breeding in New World jays.
As a postdoc in Dr. Alexei Maklakov’s lab, I have shifted my focus from birds to beetles and nematodes. Using the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus as a model organism, I am conducting artificial selection experiments and fitness assays to investigate sex differences in ageing and the tradeoffs between reproductive investment and lifespan. In addition, together with Ph.D. student Hwei-yen Chen, I will be investigating the role of environmental stress in the evolution of life history in nematodes.
For a copy of my full CV and more information on my doctoral and early postdoctoral research, please refer to my webpage at UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research
Education and recent positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Animal Ecology, Department of Ecology & Evolution, Uppsala University. Sept 2010 – Present.
Program Coordinator, Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology & Systematics (EES), Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany. August 2009 – August 2010.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR. February 2008 – May 2009.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. October 2006 – October 2007.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Tropical Research, University of California, Los Angeles. October 2004 – October 2006, September – December 2008.
Ph.D., Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis. June 2004.
Master of Philosophy, Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, England, September 1996.
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and College Scholar, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. May 1995.