PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, 2008. Dissertation title: Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Organizing Alternative Social and Antipredator Strategies.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Ananlysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), 2009-2012. Project title: Macroevolutionary causes of regional and habitat-based biodiversity gradients.
Postdoctoral associate, Lund University, 2012-2013. Project title: Adaptation at range limits in Ischnura elegans.
Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 2013-
Memberships and Affiliations
My research focuses on evolution under climate change, and evolutionary processes associated with geographic range limits. I am interested in how social and behavioral factors interact with changing ecological conditions to faciliate or hinder evolutionary change and macroevolutionary processes associated with geographic range shifts and habitat shifts.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Biological and Environmental SciencesSupervising
Recent work focuses on biogeography, niche evolution, and population- and community-level processes associated with climate change and invasions. My current study systems include Scottish damselflies (Odonata), experimental evolution in seed beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus), and synthesis of global data.
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Experimental evolution of dispersal: unifying theory, experiments and natural systemsJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 92, no. 6, pp. 1113-1123Contributions to Journals: Articles
The evolution of plasticity at geographic range edgesTrends in Ecology & EvolutionContributions to Journals: Articles
Plasticity and associated epigenetic mechanisms play a role in thermal evolution during range expansionEvolution LettersContributions to Journals: Letters
Impact of Phylogenetic Tree Completeness and Misspecification of Sampling Fractions on Trait Dependent Diversification ModelsSystematic Biology, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 106-119Contributions to Journals: Articles
Priorities for synthesis research in ecology and environmental scienceEcosphere, vol. 14, no. 1, e4342Contributions to Journals: Articles
The consequences of tree disease and pre-emptive felling on functional and genetic connectivity for woodland invertebratesEcological Informatics, vol. 72, 101820Contributions to Journals: Articles
Time counts in animal ecologyJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 91, no. 11, pp. 2154-2157Contributions to Journals: Articles
Safeguarding imperiled biodiversity and evolutionary processes in the Wallacea center of endemismBioScience, vol. 72, no. 11, pp. 1118-1130Contributions to Journals: Articles
The missing link in biogeographic reconstruction: Accounting for lineage extinction rewrites historyJournal of Biogeography, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 1941-1951Contributions to Journals: Articles
Getting lost in the matrix? On how the characteristics and arrangement of linear landscape elements influence ecological connectivityLandscape Ecology, vol. 37, pp. 2503–2517Contributions to Journals: Articles