I recently earned my PhD from the Joint Program in Oceanography between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Currently, I am a 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow working at the Office of International Affairs at NOAA.
Changes in the distributions of species across the planet affect evolution, ecology, and conservation. My dissertation research focused on what happens to a species' genome during a geographic range expansion. When a species invades or colonizes a new area (and in doing so, expands its range), a number of forces are at work that can change the genetics of that species. These forces include natural selection and genetic drift, which when really strong is called allele surfing. My work looked for evidence of these forces in two marine invasive species: the lionfish Pterois volitans and the Asian shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus.
Find more details on current and past research as well as adventures I've been lucky to have by exploring the links below.