Me catching a lizard in an urban habitat

My research focuses on ecological and evolutionary consequences of urbanization. Currently, I am finishing up my PhD at University of Massachusetts Boston where I am studying Anolis lizards. This group of tropical lizards has a remarkable ability to rapidly adapt to changes in the environment, and many species thrive in urban areas. I’m trying to understand why some species thrive in these areas while others do not, how they use urban habitats, and how common these adaptive shifts are. In other words, why and how are animals evolving to keep up with drastic and rapid anthropogenic change?

I am also broadly interested in reptiles and amphibians, but really am a naturalist at heart with a soft spot for all living things. Take a look at the CV & Publications tabs to learn more about my research. Also check out my blog posts to hear about the latest things I’m up to and my blog posts on Anole Annals as a contributor.

Quick News Updates!

7/19/2016 — My paper on differential habitat use in two urban lizards is accepted with minor revisions to Ecology and Evolution.

6/28/17 — I just returned from the annual Evolution meeting (SSE, ASN, SSB) in Portland, Oregon where I participated in a symposium on urban evolution.

Up next – Urban Evolution workshop in Toronto at the end of July, organized by Marc Johnson with a great list of participants!


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