I am a population geneticist interested in detecting natural selection in forest tree populations. I use next generation sequencing and computational tools to understand genome-scale evolutionary processes in widely distributed tree species such as poplars and pines. My recent work includes investigation of genomic signatures of climate adaptation in balsam poplar, importance of distribution range context in local adaptation in eastern white pine and balsam poplar, and adaptive introgression as a mechanism of survival by hybrids of Populus in suboptimal conditions.
As a research scientist with the INBRE Bioinformatics Core at the University of Wyoming, I collaborate with researchers on bioinformatics projects and disseminate workshops geared towards application of computational tools in biology. Wyoming INBRE's mandate is to raise bioinformatics knowledge and expertise not only at the University of Wyoming, but also at seven community colleges located across the state of Wyoming. The core website is located at uwyo.edu/ibc. I also teach an upper level undergradate course on Computers in Biology.