Below, I outline my broad research interests - my focus is on working at the interface between genetics and ecology to examine rapid evolution.
The diversity of life and it’s underlying evolutionary drivers is what interests me most. Organisms live in environments that vary through time and space, so how do they respond and adapt to their dynamic surroundings?
To address this, I have a range of broad research foci targeting the interaction of species and their environments using integrative genomic approaches alongside laboratory studies.
Evolution is generally considered to be a very long-term process, but there are many examples demonstrating that evolutionary processes can have quantifiable effects over contemporary timescales.
This is particularly true when there are extreme selective pressures in play, but we understand little about how populations rapidly adapt when their environment changes.
I am especially interested in using temporal population genomics e.g., using laboratory experiments along with ‘natural’ experiments, to obtain genomic snapshots of species change through time.
Population genomic data can provide key insights into factors that promote species responses to historical and contemporary environmental change. We can use it to understand how isolated populations are, and how different they are in divergent habitats.
To truly understand the limits of species diversity, we must look at the development of phenotypic traits among taxa and the interactions within/among species, as these define which species live where.
For example, I am passionate about incorporating population genomic data into macroecological research.