I am a Plant Resilience Institute Research Associate at Michigan State University, working with David Lowry, Marjorie Weber, and Will Wetzel. For my first postdoc, I was at the University of British Columbia working with Amy Angert and Loren Rieseberg. 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:
- How often does rapid evolution rescue populations from extreme climate events?
- Is there a latitudinal gradient in species interactions and evolution of defences against herbivory?
- How can assisted migration best aid populations that may be maladapted to climate change?
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.