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Research

I am broadly interested in the fields of population genetics and conservation biology.

From 2009 to 2011, I conducted research in the lab of Dr. Marcus Kronforst, part of the Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology. My research focused on examining the genetic basis of migration in monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are famous principally for their spectacular annual migration up through North America. However, the subspecies D. plexippus megalippe, which resides mostly in Central and South America, does not show migratory behavior. I focused on comparing these migratory and non-migratory relatives to determine the extent of their genetic divergence, and on identifying genes which may be involved in the evolution of migratory behavior.

I am currently studying the impact of changing environmental and geologic forces on the population genetics of the tuco-tuco, a rodent genus endemic to South America. More coming soon!