Welcome to my research page!
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the characteristics of populations and species that limit adaptation. This means I like to spend my days thinking about plant mating systems, polyploidy, and how populations persist under extreme environmental changes (a process known as evolutionary rescue) in the context of a highly repeated and often problematic adaptation—herbicide resistance. I am currently in the third year of my PhD thesis at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in the labs of Stephen Wright & John Stinchcombe working away on my thesis on the population genomics of herbicide resistance.
Research from my undergraduate thesis, under the supervision of Brian Husband, helped develop these same interests in evolution, polyploidy, and mating systems. I investigated the frequency of the key precursor to polyploid formation in natural populations across species—unreduced gametes, or gametes with twice as many copies of the genome as normal—to better understand what evolutionary processes maintain them and influence the frequency of polyploid formation.
Check out my research page & publications for more details on my work and exciting things to come!