My work employs comparative approaches in a macroecological framework to understand the mechanisms that underlie diversity patterns across space and time. I am also interested in quantifying the influence of anthropogenic pressures and climate change on these patterns and processes.
Understanding the evolutionary forces that maintain intraspecific variation and associated alternative strategies is one of the fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. I am interested in identifying the selection pressures and mechanisms that maintain variation through ontogeny, between sexes, across individuals.
Animals employ a range of strategies to defend themselves from predators. My research focuses on the perceptual mechanisms and evolutionary processes that shape anti-predator strategies involving coloration, especially during motion.
Natural history observations provide novel insights into how organisms behave and interact with their environment. Such observations have led to the development and refinement of many core concepts in ecology and evolution. I am interested in documenting the natural history of reptiles and amphibians when I am out in the field.