Contact Info

Institution: University of Nevada, Reno

Phone: (775) 784-4621

Address: 1664 N. Virgina St. Mail stop 186, Reno, Nevada 89557, US


Research Disciplines

  • Biological Science

  • Genomics

  • Genetics

  • Wildlife Ecology

  • Conservation Biology

Research Interests

  • Speciation and hybridization in mammals
  • Landscape genomics of vertebrates
  • Functional genomics of mammals


For active projects visit below is a list of CESU projects

  • Evaulating effects of native and non-native plant diets on the gut microbiome of the Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and other wildlife.
  • Sequencing and annotation of the Mohave Ground squirrel genome.


Projects in our lab focus on studying patterns of geographic population genetic structure and the processes underlying such patterns. Because the current geographic distribution of genetic diversity is determined by a complex interplay of ecology, demography, and population history, our studies are performed at various spatial and temporal scales. To study the processes underlying patterns of genetic diversity and subdivision, we combine modern molecular genetic techniques with morphological and field studies.
My research program is focused on a number of ecological and evolutionary questions at the interface of intra- and interspecific processes. My research program is heavily collections-based and integrates traditional field and morphological data with molecular and genomic methods to elucidate pattern and process at several spatial and temporal scales.


  • Ph.D., 2000, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., 1996, San Francisco State University
  • B.S., 1992, California Polytechnic State University