I am an assistant professor of Evolutionary Biology at Swarthmore College.

My lab explores how the complex traits of social behavior evolve.  We take a largely multi-level selection approach and use the forked fungus beetle (Bolitotherus cornutus) as our organism of choice. Specifically, we are investigating if the addition of social selection models further improve our understanding of the selective processes at work in this species. As part of this work, we are exploring how social networks evolve, both at the indivudal and group level.

A word cloud of our latest funded grant (with Butch Brodie from UVa) from the National Science Foundation. I think it sums up our current research nicely.


 

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