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Natural Environment Research Council Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

I am an evolutionary biologist at The University of Sheffield interested in understanding how organisms adapt to changes in their environment. My research combines cutting-edge genomic techniques, ecological analyses and experimental approaches. A majority of my work is currently focused on rapid adaptation in the grass family, the most economically and ecologically important group of plants, although I have worked with many systems including insects, birds, palms and fish.


  • 2020–present
    NERC Independent Research Fellow, The University of Sheffield
  • 2015–2020
    Postdoctoral research associate, The University of Sheffield
  • 2013–2014
    Postdoctoral research associate, Imperial College London


  • 2013 
    University of Auckland, PhD
  • 2008 
    Cardiff University, MRes in Biosciences
  • 2007 
    Cardiff University, BSc in Ecology and Environmental Management

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Comparative phylogenomics of lateral gene transfers among grasses
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2020
    Pan-genome variation and local adaptation in grasses
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council