Associate Professor of Population Genetics | Graduate Biology Program Chair
My research addresses fundamental questions about the evolution of marine invertebrates. I combine field observations, field collections, museum specimens and experimental manipulations to address original questions in population genetics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, molecular ecology and genomics. My scientific approach is to focus primarily on fundamentals and foundational concepts. Consequently, I started working on corals, the ecosystem engineers of coral reefs, and studied their most fundamental characteristics: species identity, reproduction, and population genetics. Meanwhile, I expanded to other organisms, new questions, and more interdisciplinary approaches. Evolutionary Genomics, Population Genetics, Phylogenetics, Molecular Ecology, Conservation Genetics; invertebrates, especially corals.