I am a postdoc in Dr. Marc Johnson’s EvoEco Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga. I look through the lens of population genetics and molecular evolution to understand how urbanization impacts organisms. Right now, I am studying how urbanization influences the community of milkweed specialist herbivores, researching both their ecology (community dynamics) and evolution (gene flow and genetic drift).
I completed my PhD at VCU in Brian Verrelli’s lab, where I continue to collaborate on a few projects. We are generating a robust transcriptome of the Western black widow spider and, recently, collaborating with Trevor Krabbenhoft and Hannah Waterman from the University at Buffalo to generate a full genome.
I am also part of the Urban Eco-Evo Network, a group of collaborative scientists that are integrating our fields of research to understand the eco-evolutionary dynamics of urbanization.