I’m an Evolutionary Ecologist currently doing a postdoc with Jordi Bascompte at the University of Zurich. My scientific goal is to understand how the ecology and evolution of species interactions affect the dynamics of ecosystems and to instill an appreciation for these phenomena in others. Check out the rest of my website to see how I’m achieving this goal.
PhD in Zoology, 2016
University of British columbia
MS in Ecology, 2012
San Diego State University
BA in Biology, 2007
My research program seeks to understand the feedback between evolutionary processes and ecological networks, and its consequences for biodiversity. To do this, I complement rigorous field observations and experiments with mathematical modelling and analyses of global datasets on species interactions. My current and future work uses these approaches to study networks of interactions between plants, herbivorous insects, and their parasitoids, whose feeding interactions regulate much of Earth’s biodiversity. By integrating eco-evolutionary dynamics into food webs, the goal of my research program is to put us in a more informed position to conserve ecological communities in the face of environmental change.
Biology teachers are in a powerful position to instil an understanding and appreciation of biodiversity in both future scientists and non-scientists. My approach to teaching biology employs activity-based and enquiry-based learning to develop creativity and critical thinking skills. To achieve this, I use a variety of teaching techniques to engage students with different abilities, interests, and ways of learning. I have developed this philosophy based on my experience as a teacher and mentor, by reflecting on my experiences as a student, and through professional development training.