I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Alverson lab at the University of Arkansas. I study the evolution of marine and freshwater diatoms, a species-rich lineage important for global cycling of carbon and oxygen and famous for their intricately ornamented silica cell walls. My research leverages experimental, ecological, and genomic data—all grounded in a phylogenetic framework—to address trait evolution, diversification, and adaptation to changing environments.
Research on diatom diversification, transcriptional response to salinity, local adaptation to salinity gradients, phylogenomics and genome evolution.
TA, Genetics. RA, diatom phylogenetics projects. Field work in Guam, Sulawesi, Siberia.
TA, Phycology and Limnology. RA, diatom taxonomy and ecology in ancient Lake Ohrid.