I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how population-level features emerge from traits at the individual level. I am especially interested in the spatial dynamics that arise when a population colonizes a new habitat, either through natural range shift or after its human-mediated introduction. During my doctoral work, I studied how dispersal, habitat choice, and other life-history traits shape the spatial ecology of introduced guppy populations, and how this is altered by evolutionary change.
As part of the iEcoLab, I aim to understand how the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is spreading in the Northeastern U.S. I combine statistical and mathematical modeling to help predict the course of the invasion and provide crucial knowledge to plan effective management actions.