I am currently a third year PhD student at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology where I am a member of Dr. Brian O’Meara’s lab. My primary interests are studying evolutionary patterns in cichlid fishes (family Cichlidae) and have done research on cichlids from various lineages across the globe. Cichlids are one of the most diverse families of fish and provide a fantastic system to study various aspects of evolution.
I am also an avid aquarist and love to keep fish, primarily cichlids. I’m a member of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association, the American Cichlid Association, and the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association.