My PhD research examined the evolutionary consequences of speciation and secondary contact between lineages of the tawny dragon (Ctenophorus decresii). The species is endemic to South Australia and comprises two divergent lineages, northern and southern, which differ notably in a sexual signal (i.e. throat coloration) and meet in a narrow contact zone. The polymorphic northern lineage has four distinct throat color morphs (orange, yellow, yellow with an orange center, and grey), whereas the monomorphic southern lineage has ultraviolet-blue throats. The primary aims are summarised here.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Saint Louis University in 2012, with a senior year project on overwintering and buoyancy control in the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta). After this, I obtained my Master of Science in Zoology at The University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. My thesis examined the phylogeography and population genetics of introduced softshell turtles (Pelodiscus sinenesis and Palea steindachneri) in the Hawaiian islands. Please see my publications for more information on these topics.
Last updated: January 2020