I’m interested in mating system influences on reproductive success.
Ph.D. – Syracuse University, 2019 – present<
B.S. – Colorado State University, 2005
I am interested in the evolution of traits that influence reproductive success and how success at different stages of reproduction relates to one another. For example, do males that are good at competitively fertilizing eggs also produce healthy and successful offspring? I mainly address these questions in the incredibly promiscuous red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum and particularly using transgenic lines with males that produce red or green fluorescently tagged sperm. Armed with this powerful visualization tool, we’re finding great differences between T. castaneum and the more studied fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, in the mechanics of postcopulatory selection, likely due to extreme differences in their mating systems.