Most broadly, I am interested in the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes, and the role of genetic diversity and selection in shaping ecosystems or species interactions. How does evolution on contemporary timescales alter communities, and how do these changes in communities feedback to drive evolution?
How does nutrient availability modify the effects of genetic diversity on community performance in the symbiotic dinoflagellate, Symbiodinium?
Many reef species (e.g. corals and other cnidarians, mollusks, sponges) are able to survive in nutrient-poor tropical oceans because of their relationship with Symbiodinium, a single-celled photosynthetic dinoflagellate. As intracellular symbionts, Symbiodinium provides amino acids and simple sugars in exchange for their host's nitrogenous waste products.
Plant Invasion Success
with Dr. Jen Lau (MSU) and advisor, Dr. Casey P. terHorst (CSUN)
When might plant invasion success be dependent upon plant genotype? What role does genotype play in the context of biotic resistance?
How does selection on plant traits affect invasion success?
Evolution in Metacommunities
with fellow graduate student Joshua Manning
The role of community genetics in understanding evolution in metacommunities: a synthesis of concepts