After a considerable amount of time and effort we have completed a perspective/review piece on the concept of syndromes in macroevolution. We argue that application of rigorous approaches at each stage of investigation is essential to establish the existence of a syndrome and associate it with adapation to a specific... [Read More]
Excellent third-party review of my dissertation work with Mike Harms
Chase Nelson, a postdoc at Academia Sinica in Taipei, recently wrote this very concise review of the last paper from my dissertation work with Mike Harms at the University of Oregon. He did a great job distilling the results and putting them into the broader context in a very readable... [Read More]
Final dissertation chapter finally published!
A follow up to my previous post about preprints from my disseration work: the final chapter of my dissertation was split up into two papers focusing on two different aspects of the project. Both of these are now available in final peer-reviewed form. Citations and links below. [Read More]
Two recent pre-prints from my dissertation work!
My work in the Harms lab at University of Oregon focused on understanding the evolution of protein biochemical properties and activities. My later work, comprising the last chapters of my dissertation, was centered on the evolution of peptide binding specificity in the S100 protein family. Using molecular phylogenetics and ancestral... [Read More]
Camping in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
A journey through the desert along the US/Mexico Border
Growing up I spent a lot of Winter and Spring vacations with my family traveling from Oregon to the Southwest desert for long camping trips. The Southwest remains one of my favorite places in the world, the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in particular. My parents love it so much that... [Read More]