Research

I’m interested in the use of genomic techniques to understand the speciation process. I use hybrid zones, geographic regions where taxa with divergent genomes interbreed, as natural laboratories to understand speciation and the mechanisms that underlie reproductive isolation. For my dissertation, I’m using genomic sequencing in the northern flicker species complex (Colaptes auratus) to better understand the dynamics of hybridization, reproductive isolation, genomic divergence, and the genetic basis for phenotypic differences. I’m using contemporary and historic samples from transects across the hybrid zone to understand the dynamics of the hybrid zone through time.