Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2017)
Department of Biology
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Sponsors: Marshal Hedin (SDSU) and Nobuo Tsurusaki (Tottori University, Japan)
Ph. D. in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics program (2008-2014)
Department of Entomology
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Dissertation: “Phylogenetic exploration of mating system evolution in the eastern North American leiobunine harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae).”
Adviser: Jeffrey W. Shultz
B.A. in Biology, minor in Psychology (2002-2006)
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Senior Thesis: “Mate choice mediated by size and chemical defense in Nyssodesmus python (Polydesmida: Platyrhacidae).” Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CIEE) Monteverde, Costa Rica. 2005.
Adviser: Mark A. Davis
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology, $207,000, “Role of male/female ratios in the evolution of mating systems,” National Science Foundation (2014-2017)
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, $14,152, “Genital biomechanics and mating system evolution in leiobunine harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae),” National Science Foundation (2011- 2014)
Graduate Research Fellowship, $90,000, National Science Foundation (Fall 2010- Spring 2013)
Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000, University of Maryland Graduate School (Spring 2014)
Summer Research Fellowship, $5000, University of Maryland Graduate School (2010)
“Sexual conflict and the maintenance of sex in facultative parthenogens.” SSE Spotlight Symposium on “Sex in the Wild” (Organizer: Maurine Neiman). Society for the Study of Evolution 2017, Portland, OR.
“Population genomics and geographic parthenogenesis in Japanese harvestmen (Opiliones, Sclerosomatidae).” International Arachnological Congress 2016, Golden, CO.
“Reproductive morphology under long-term demographic evolution in an arthropod.” Symposium on the Morphological Diversity of Intromittent Organs (Organizers: Brandon Moore and Diane Kelly). Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2016, Portland, OR.
“Variation in the mechanical properties of male genitalia in harvestmen is consistent with mating strategy.”(1) American Association of Anatomists, Evolution and Comparative Anatomy section, Experimental Biology 2015, Boston, MA; (2) American Arachnological Society 2015, Mitchell, SD.
“Comparative analyses of biomechanical reproductive traits in harvestmen support intersexual coevolution via simultaneous mechanisms.” Society for the Study of Evolution 2014, Raleigh, NC.
“Reproductive morphology indicates multiple evolutionary transitions from female enticement to precopulatory antagonism in the leiobunine harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae).” International Congress of Arachnology 2013, Kenting, Taiwan. *Third place award in papers.
“Comparative analysis of quantitative reproductive traits indicates precopulatory antagonism in the leiobunine harvestmen.” American Arachnological Society, 2013 Meeting, Johnson City, TN.
“Reproductive morphology and evolution in the leiobunine harvestmen.” Society for the Study of Evolution Joint Meeting 2012, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
“Phylogeny-based comparative analysis of reproductive characters in the North American leiobunine harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae).” American Arachnological Society, 2011 Meeting, Portland, OR. *Second place award in papers.
“Phylogeny of eastern North American harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae) and coevolution of male and female reproductive structures.” Entomological Society of America 2010 National Meeting. San Diego, CA. *President’s Prize award in Student Ten Minute Paper Phylogenetics section.
“Phylogeny of eastern North American harvestmen (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae) and coevolution of male and female reproductive structures.” American Arachnological Society, 2010 Meeting, Greenville, NC.
“Phylogenetic exploration of mating systems in the temperate leiobunine harvestmen.” Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America 2010. Annapolis, MD. *First place award in posters.