I am an assistant professor of Evolutionary Biology at Swarthmore College. My lab is currently exploring the process of social selection in the forked fungus beetle (Bolitotherus cornutus). 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 also venturing into the world of animal social networks to determine their role in phenotypic evolution.

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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Dr. Joan Strassmann's blog entry on my dissertation work