The complexity of nature is awe-inspiring. Identifying interesting biological patterns is the first step towards understanding how this complexity arose, and predicting what will come of it in the future. My research aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive patterns of biodiversity across space and time in natural ecosystems by assessing three complementary components of biodiversity: functional phenotypic diversity, phylogenetic diversity, and functional genomic diversity.

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My work has been supported by: National Science Foundation EF-1550838, National Science Foundation GRFP DGE-1144254, Chateaubriand Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Fellowship, University of Idaho (IBEST Technology Access Grant, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Fellowship, Stillinger Herbarium), Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Student Research Award, and the Society for the Study of Evolution Rosemary Grant Award.