I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. I completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia in Zoology and my Masters at the University of Calgary in Primatology.
The focus of my research is on speciation, the process by which one species evolves into two, and I have conducted most of my work in hybrid zones. Hybrid zones are the physical areas where groups of populations meet and interbreed. These areas provide an ideal setting for studies of speciation, as the existence of a stable hybrid zone suggests that the populations involved are at least partially reproductively isolated from one another. Recently, my work has focused on the role seasonal migration can play in speciation, stimulating my interest in its genetic and epigenetic basis, ecological aspects of this behaviour and its relevance to the conservation of migratory species. I am beginning to expand my research, applying what I have learned working on seasonal migration to additional reproductive isolating barriers.
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