I am a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Joseph Corbo's lab at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I received my PhD from Arizona State University where I studied in the lab of Dr. Kevin McGraw.

I am an integrative biologist and I seek to understand the adaptations of the avian visual system by bringing together a diversity of approaches from optical physics to animal behavior. I am also broadly interested in understanding the molecular and enzymatic mechanisms of pigment metabolism and coloration throughout the animal kingdom.

Recent features in the popular press:

The secret super power of birds, revealed - Audubon

The Gene That Paints Birds Red - The Atlantic

How Birds Became Red - Forbes

Two Studies Find One Gene For Red Beaks and Feathers  - BBC News

How Salmon Switch on Infrared Vision When Swimming Upstream - The Atlantic