Welcome! I study ecology and evolution using molecular tools, particularly in marine systems. My broad interests include population and phylogenomics as well as adaptive responses to a dynamic environment. I focus on the interactions between phenotype, genotype, and the environment.
I have studied a variety of taxa – from dolphins to birds to molluscs – during my training at the College of William and Mary (B.A.), The College of Charleston and Grice Marine Laboratory (M.S. Marine Biology), and The University of Maryland, College Park and Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (Ph.D., Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics).
Current projects in the lab include assessing adaptive potential in wild mussel populations in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) in the face of climate change; linking phenotype, genotype, and environment in two sentinel species of clam in the GOM; genomic architecture of ecotype in native intertidal periwinkle snails in the GOM; identifying source populations for near-shore scallop populations; feeding ecology of invasive green crabs and potential interactions with the lobster fishery; and a longitudinal assessment of incidence of the oyster pathogen MSX.
At Bowdoin, I was a founding faculty member in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, where I taught Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution. I utilize Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center for my research. I also launched a new computational course during my time at Bowdoin, The Omics Revolution: Computational Genomics in the Field of Biology. Recently, I taught the Marine Invertebrates course in the University of Maine’s Semester by the Sea program housed at the Darling Marine Center. I continue to collaborate with both Bowdoin and UMaine scientists.