I am a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Amy Angert’s Lab at the University of British Columbia. I carried out my PhD at the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Marc Johnson.
I study evolutionary ecology across large spatial scales with of focus on understanding range-wide differences in adaptive traits. I use a combination of latitudinal surveys, common gardens, plant chemistry, and landscape genomics to research geographical variation in trait evolution. My research program uses these approaches to understand rapid evolution to climate change, assumptions of assisted migration, and latitudinal gradients in biotic interactions. Specifically, I aim to address three core questions: 1) How often does rapid evolution rescue populations from extreme climate events? 2) Are key assumptions of assisted migration (time for space equivalence, lack of adaptive traits at range limits) valid? 3) Is there a latitudinal gradient in species interactions and evolution of defences against herbivory?
I predominantly use plants and herbivorous insects to answer these questions. My PhD involved testing latitudinal gradients in herbivory and plant defence using common evening primrose and its associated herbivore community. My current postdoctoral work focuses on rapid adaptation to drought in scarlet monkeyflower across California and Southern Oregon.