I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University working with Dr. Richard Lenski. My research interests are in examining interactions between evolutionary and ecological (especially ecosystem) processes. I am fascinated by the ways in which organsisms can shape both their biotic and abiotic environment. As organisms evolve, their effects on ecosystems can change. In turn, these ecosystem changes can then affect further evolution.

    I study ecological and evolutionary interactions in the Lenski lab's long-term evolution experiment with E. coli. This experiment has continued for over 20 years and more than 50,000 generations.

Flasks from the long-term evolution experiment
  Flasks from the long-term evolution experiment.
  The center flask is cloudy as a result of the
  evolution of citrate consumption.

  Photo courtesy Brian Baer

I also study evolutionary and ecological interactions with evolving digital organisms using the AVIDA software system.