I am interested in polar environments and ecology, especially in the context of molecular evolution and population genetics and the impact of these factors on species conservation.
I am also drawn to the intersection of scientific and biological research and public policy, focusing on climate change and conservation. I have previously worked on population genetics and disease ecology focusing on tick populations and Lyme disease in the northeastern United States. For my master’s degree I focused on the co-evolution of butterflies (Nymphalidae) and their host plants and the phylogenetics of Nearctic aphids (Aphididae). For my doctorate, I am working under Drs Adrian Smith and Tom Hart to examine the immunogenetics and ecology of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua).