I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvey Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso, where my research seeks to understand the processes that govern speciation of birds in species-rich tropical environments. I use macroevolutionary and comparative phylogenetic methods to bridge the gap between fine- and broad-scale biogeographic patterns among species. I am also interested in applying phylogenetic and morphological data to poorly-known species complexes to study biogeography and inform systematics and taxonomy.
My work is entirely dependent on natural history museum collections, and I make extensive use of museum specimens for all of my research. I am also actively involved in field work related to museum collections, both in the desert Southwest and (pre-covid) in the western Amazon Basin.
Previously, I worked in the Brumfield lab at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science.