About me

I am a plant geneticist experienced in developing and improving new genetic resources for diverse non-model species. Most of my work has been in plant reproductive systems.  I address these questions using sequence data, greenhouse work, and field collections. In the past, I have also used phylogenetic comparative methods. My current model system is the wind-pollinated genus Rumex, but I have also worked on morning glories, hummingbirds, Anolis lizards, and host-parasite interactions across a broad range of taxa.

Currently, I work as a post-doctoral fellow with Spencer Barrett and Stephen Wright at the University of Toronto on the evolution of separate sexes and of sex chromosomes in plants. I completed my PhD in Mark Rausher’s lab at Duke University on the evolution of the selfing syndrome in self-pollinated plants and the development of reproductive isolating barriers between species. Before that, I, worked with Charlie Nunn at Harvard University and Ethan Temeles at Amherst College. I grew up in Cambridge, MA and hold dual US/UK citizenship.

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