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I am interested in understanding how organisms adapt to the environment and how this adaptation can sometimes lead to species divergence. My graduate research focused on how organisms can adapt and evolve responses to xenobiotics in the environment, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study the underlying mechanisms of Cytochrome P450-mediated insecticide resistance. During my postdoc, I studied how traits that are involved in both ecological divergence and mate preference can play a role in the speciation process. I am currently studying how ecology can lead to multiple genes contributing to a single trait, and how the evolution of this trait leads to an alternative mating strategy that could underlie incipient speciation. I am also studying how asymmetric evolution of sensory modalities can lead to the divergence of closely related species.

To find out more about my research, please go to my graduate research page or my postdoctoral research page. A list of my publications can also be found on this site.