I recently completed my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. In my dissertation, I used primarily reptiles and amphibians as models to study the drivers of diversification in the Central African rainforests. You can find a link to my dissertation here.
I am currently a postdoc in the Blackburn lab at the University of Florida, where my research focuses on the phylogenomics and niche evolution of polyploid African frogs in the genera Astylosternus and Trichobatrachus.
Outside of school, I am an avid baker, but when I’m not making cakes and cookies, I spend most of my free time outdoors, hiking and gardening.
My research focuses on the effects of historic climate change on reptile and amphibian diversification in Central Africa. This includes the effects of the Pleistocene climate cycles on the population demography of skinks and snakes, as well as niche evolution in polyploid frogs. Check out the Research tab for more info!