My research is concerned with the ecology and evolutionary histories of organisms, and I especially use plants and the last universal common ancestor of life on earth, the LUCA, as model systems. My research methods are centered around field- and museum collections and big data. I am especially interested in species distributions in geographic and environmental space at large and small spatial, taxonomic, and temporal scales. I believe that studying the ecology and evolutionary histories of plants, the LUCA, and other organisms can yield a more robust understanding of core evolutionary and ecological theories, provide novel insights that support conservation, agriculture, and horticulture, and lead to exciting, new ways to engage students and the public about the natural world.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in computational biology in the Oberlin College Department of Biology where I work with Aaron Goldman. I previously worked with Jun Wen at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution where I was supported by a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship.