Understanding the role of abiotic gradients in driving plastic and genetic variation in life cycle expression and individual performance
Measuring the correlation between life cycle traits and genetic population structure
Understanding the role of somatic mutations in the life cycle evolution of organisms with indeterminate growth
Ecology and evolution of complex life cycles
I study the eco-evolutionary forces that shape the complex life cycles in marine organisms. I am interested the interplay between genetic and plastic sources of variation in how partially clonal organisms allocated resources among growth, asexual, and sexual reproduction - and the consequences that variation in allocation strategy have for genetic population structure and mating system.
I am also working on a number of projects to understand the mechanisms that stabilize haplo-diplontic life cycles in marine algae in collaboration with the Krueger-Hadfield Lab at UAB.