I am a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia working under Dr. Dolph Schluter.


My interests centre around the ecology and genetics of adaptation and speciation, and I use a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches in my research.

Previously, I completed my M.Sc. with Dr. Marc Johnson at The University of Toronto, and undergraduate work with Dr. Brian Husband and Dr. Hafiz Maherali at the University of Guelph.

On this website, you  will find descriptions of my research past and present, links to data, photos from the field and lab, a current copy of my CV, and contact information.

News and updates

  • October 2018. ‘Urban speciation’ paper online now at TREE.
  • April 2018. Fortunate to have received a grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution (R.C. Lewontin Early Award). I’ll be using the funds to buy a high-speed camera to generate foraging performance data for pure and hybrid stickleback.
  • January 2018. I’ve just submitted a paper outlining why biologists should consider studying speciation in urban environments. I think there are a lot of reasons why cities represent the modern frontier for speciation in the wild. Hope to share soon.

If I were to give an award for the single best idea anyone has ever had, I’d give it to Darwin, ahead of Newton and Einstein and everyone else. In a single stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the realm of life, meaning, and purpose with the realm of space and time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law.

-Daniel Dennett, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (p. 21).