I am an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist (study of amphibians and reptiles). I am interested in how environmental change drives species diversification. I am also interested in how environmental change drives the evolution of adaptive traits and how this change impacts the interactions between closely related species and what effects this has on the evolution of sexual display traits. My research targets how this all plays out in arid ecosystems, which are some of the most historically dynamic, recently derived and extreme environments on the plant. These habitats also are predicted to expand with human induced climate change.
I am an Australian expat living in the US. I am currently an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University and I am about to start my own lab as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Merced.