Plant Evolutionary Genomics: Understanding how genomic and environmental variation interact to influence traits important to climate adaptation. I combine genomic tools with traditional quantitative genetics and field experiments to inform genetic conservation and management strategies in natural and managed plant populations.
Phone: (701) 231-7160
Office: Stevens 114B
Research Wildlife Biologist and Project Leader
North Dakota Field Station USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services
National Wildlife Research Center
Wildlife Damage Management – Birds and Agriculture. Methods development and population biology of blackbirds and starlings in conflict with agriculture, concentrated animal feeding operations, and urban environments. My main focus is managing the conflict between sunflower producers and birds with methods including frightening devices, wildlife repellents, wetland management, and decoy crops. Optimization of methods takes into account blackbird biology and the influence of landscape at multiple biological levels and geographic scales.
Office: Stevens 233
Assistant Research Professor
Stress Physiology. I study how oxidative stress and damage mediate life history traits and therefore play a critical role in evolutionary biology. Current research is focused on how oxidative stress and hormesis affect short-term, long-term, and transgenerational survival, reproduction, and performance in arthropod systems.
Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Change: Understanding the impacts of disturbances to freshwater communities and ecosystems from the cumulative effects of natural and human impacts. Paleolimnology of lakes and wetlands with a focus on aquatic invertebrates, especially Cladocerans & Chironomids. Linking research to sustainable management and decision making.
Phone: (701) 231-8991
Office: Stevens 211A