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news: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Our comment on hybrid origins of eastern and red wolves was published today in Science Advances. Read it here.
I am interested in how hybridization and environmental factors, including human influences, alter evolutionary trajectories and lead to contemporary evolution of species. To that end, my research focuses on genomic ancestry and identifying functional genes that are responsible for local adaptation and improved fitness, particularly for species at risk. Furthermore, I am interested in understanding how epigenetic variation contributes to evolutionary processes. Much of my work is on Canis species and in particular Eastern Wolves (Canis lycaon), a threatened species in Ontario and Canada. In 2012, I founded the Eastern Wolf Survey, a research project focussed on non-invasively tracking Eastern Wolves in southern Ontario's Provincial Parks.