Advisor: Sarah Evans
I study the role that microorganisms play in driving biogeochemical cycles at ecosystem scales. Specifically, I try to understand how moisture and sunlight interact with microbes to control plant decomposition in arid lands and help us build better climate models.
Curator; Associate Professor - Tenure System
(517) 355-6752 (Office)
My research integrates data from a variety of sources − behavior, morphology, and phylogeny − to address questions in mammalian evolution. Current work is focused on investigations of skull and brain morphology in carnivorans and rodents.
Advisor: Richard Snider
Research Associate - Fixed Term, Meek Lab
Undergraduate Programs Director; Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
Assistant Professor - Fixed Term
My primary research goal is to investigate fundamental questions in evolutionary biology that will enhance conservation efforts. I approach these questions in an integrative way combining theory and techniques from the fields of molecular biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, life-history evolution, and conservation. I am also interested in the evolution of longevity by considering age-specific reproduction and reductions of cellular constraints on lifespan.
BEACON, Michigan State University