Hello, and welcome to my website! I'm an evolutionary biologist and paleontologist currently working as a research associate at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and pursuing my undergraduate degree at Yale University. I am also a returning science educator at the Children’s School in Stamford, Connecticut and have taught at the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado as a guest scientist for several years.
Currently, my research concerns five major subjects within ecology, evolutionary biology, and paleontology. For the greatest time, I have been interested in how the biogeography of extinct species can inform ideas about contingency and determinism in evolutionary theory. For this, I have primarily looked to the record of eastern North America. I am also very interested in how ecological shifts over macroevolutionary timescales may obscure evolutionary relationships among taxa, the interplay between potential cases of convergent evolution and phylogenetic context, variance in the tempo of evolution across the tree of life, and the extinction and extirpation of vertebrate faunas by humans in recent history.
I use a variety of tools to investigate these subjects. My research spans both multiple fields within evolutionary biology and ecology, including phylogenetics, morphometrics, comparative anatomy, stratigraphy, and ecology, and has even included components of other disciplines, such as the translation of ancient Roman texts.
Here, you can find information on my research, a list of my publications, and notes on other projects currently in development.