My Research

I am interested in the evolutionary history of soil invertebrates, particularly Opiliones (harvestmen or daddy long-legs) and Onychophora (velvet worms). I currently am using transcriptomics to compare biogeographic patterns across the southern hemisphere in these groups.

Previously, I worked on the taxonomy, molecular phylogeny, and biogeography of mite harvestmen (Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi) in Australia's Wet Tropics region with Professor Sarah Boyer at Macalester College. I also worked as a laboratory technician at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the Laboratories of Analytical Biology and the Scanning Electron Microscopy lab.