My particular focus is the ecological interactions and evolutionary feedback between humans and plants, which affects humanity at individual and global scales. I wish to contribute (and to train future scientists to contribute) to our understanding of range expansion and rapid adaptation to novel environments (both abiotic and biotic) in anthropogenic contexts.
My research focuses on evolutionary ecology and invasion biology. I combine experimental, genomic, ancient DNA, and geo-referenced distribution data to investigate plant ecological genetics, particularly rapid adaptation to novel environments and the evolution of ecologically important traits. I am particularly interested in testing ecological-evolutionary theories that attempt to explain successful range expansion.
Prospective lab members:
If you are interested in the ecological and evolutionary impacts of human disturbance on plant systems, such as through biological invasion or land use change, then is this the lab for you! We will work in natural and agricultural systems. Particularly, there is funding available for students and postdocs who want to work in beautiful *big sagebrush steppe systems* through the GEM3 research program.
More detail will be posted on this site in the coming months, and positions will be advertised here and on Twitter (@KTInvasion). If interested, please send me an email at email@example.com. Additionally, candidates who would be interested in submitting applications for independent fellowship funding, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship or Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology, on topics overlapping or adjacent to my research interests are welcome to reach out to discuss the possibility.
Some handy keywords for your enjoyment:
invasion biology, evolutionary ecology, ecological genomics, plant biology, plant microbiomes, population genetics, ancient DNA, ethnobotany, science communication