University of Missouri
My research group uses genetic and genomic methods to address basic and applied questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at both the historical and the contemporary levels. We seek to understand the relative roles of evolutionary processes such as geographic isolation, gene flow, natural selection, and genetic drift on patterns of speciation. At the contemporary level, we use genetic patterns to better understand the role of environmental factors, both natural and anthropogenic, that affect the movement of organisms and levels of connectivity between populations. My students and I study a wide variety of taxa, including mammals, amphibians, birds, and fish, focusing primarily on species of conservation concern.