My lab is interested in all aspects of evolutionary ecology, including animal behavior, sexual selection / conflict, ecological immunity, evolutionary genetics, and life history evolution. These interests have led us to address a diverse range of questions that utilize a variety of organismal systems, including the ground cricket, Allonemobius socius, and the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Some of the current topics we are researching in my lab are (1) the role of the thermal environment in shaping innate immunity, (2) the role of the Y-chromosome in constraining immune system evolution, (3) the role of the mating environment in modifying male ejaculate composition, (4) the role of gene flow asymmetry in constraining species range expansion, (5) terminal investment and the production of dishonest male signals and (6) the antagonistic coevolution of reproductive and immune systems. Please contact me for more information regrading these research endeavors.
Research Foci: behavior, sexual selection / conflict, ecological immunity, evolutionary genetics and life history evolution