B.S. Fairmont State University (2013)
My general research interests are in evolutionary biology, more specifically in elucidating patterns and causes of speciation. Questions of interest to me are those related to the phylogeography, population genetics/genomics, and phylogenetics/-genomics of cryptic species complexes. Members of a cryptic species complex often look nearly identical but are quite diverse with regards to their genetics and life history strategies, providing an array of research opportunities. I plan to use the Capitella capitata cryptic species complex (Annelida, Capitellidae) as a model to answer specific questions such as:
• How many species exist along the US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts?
• What is the population connectivity along the Texas coast and what environmental factors are playing a role in the connectivity?
• How many developmental strategies exist along the coast of Texas and, more generally, in the Gulf of Mexico?
I’m also interested in the phylogeny of the family Capitellidae in general and the genus Capitella specifically.