I am broadly interested in how organisms adapt to the marine environment, particularly how salt plays a role in shaping speciation and biodiversity. My research background is in genome evolution, entomology, ecological shifts, and island biogeography. My dissertation focuses on the ecology, evolution, and phylogenies of marine flies, particularly Canacidae (beach flies). As part of the Tsutsui lab, I use genomic, spatial, and ecological methods to examine the scale of salt tolerance and whether these species are capable of shifting their distributional range under the effects of climate change.
As an affiliate of the Ruhi Lab, I am investigating the effects of climate change on San Francisco Estuary fish communities, using time series modeling and spectral analysis.