I am interested in the interplay of evolution, development, and ecology. I am especially intrigued by parental effects and transgenerational plasticity: ways in which the environment of parents can shape the phenotype of their offspring or later generations. My work seeks to understand how these non-genetic mechanisms of inheritance work and the extent to which they influence the ecology and evolution of organisms.
As such, I study a condition-dependent maternal effect in the spadefoot toad, Spea multiplicata. By examining variation in female condition, reproductive investment, and offspring phenotypes in the field and in the lab, I investigate the mechanism of the maternal effect and how it could shape populations. I conduct this work as a PhD student in David Pfennig’s lab at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
I previously worked with Jonathan Allen at the College William & Mary, examining predator-induced plasticity in oviposition in the marine snail, Tritia obsoleta.