I am an evolutionary geneticist, interested in quantitative genetics and interactions between plants and herbivores. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at St Mary's College of Maryland, where I'm teaching courses in genetics, evolution, and plant biology.
I completed my PhD with Dr. Tom Mitchell-Olds at Duke University, researching the evolution of the allocation of chemical defenses against herbivores in Boechera stricta. I'm particularly interested in the dynamics and importance of the G-matrix, and how genetic covariances affect the evolution of defenses throughout the entire plant. While at Duke I spent my summers doing field research in central Idaho, and the rest of my year doing greenhouse and lab experiments at home, as well as teaching an upper-level undergraduate discussion seminar that I designed, Genetics of Species Interactions. In 2017-2018 I was a visiting faculty member at Knox College.