Hi! I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana under the advisement of Jeff Good.I previously studied at Indiana University with Matt Hahn.
I'm excited to work on inferring phylogenies with the vast amount of genomic data that's now available, and working through some of the problems that amount of data has presented. I'm interested in using phylogenetics to identify genomic changes that underlay interesting phenotypic adaptations throughout the tree of life. To this end, I have worked on modeling mutation rate variation in mammals, detecting convergent evolution on genomic data, and analyzing gene families in a number of species. I contributed to latest version of CAFE to account for error in gene family analysis, and I developed the program GRAMPA to study polyploidy in the context of gene tree topologies. I also wrote the program Referee to annotate genome assemblies with quality scores.
Outside of the lab, I have a passion forin general. I volunteer every weekend at the local animal shelter to try and help out. I also enjoy being active and doing with my partner!