My research interests are
focused in evolutionary ecology. Specifically, I am interested in the
maintenance and generation of morphological and life history patterns.
I am also interested in studying the evolution of complex traits such
as life history strategies in the context of both adaptive and
non-adaptive hypotheses. I am currently working with spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) on the evolution, maintenance,
proximate control, and ontogeny of the rare pattern of female
biased-sexual size dimorphism exhibited by spotted hyenas. I am
incorporating statistical and quantitative genetic tools, as well as
IGF-1 assays, field work, and long-term study data on spotted hyenas to
address a variety of questions concerning different aspects of this
pattern. I am also interested in decision-making, multivariate
evolution, comparative phylogenetics, evolutionary modeling,
paleontology, conservation genetics, and statistical programming.