I am a biologist and statistics and computing enthusiast and trouble causer who currently works as a senior research fellow, and a resident biologist at the LSU CCT working to build data driven across discipline research programs. My research has been focused on using modern data driven approahces to answering questions in Biology related to biodiversity. I’m interested in exploring statistical models and computational approaches that can best inform our understanding of and help to quantify biodiversity.
A bit moreMy research focus is to try and understand the forces of molecular evolution that act upon individuals, populations, and species through time producing, limiting, or maintaining biodiversity. The central goals of my research are 1) to uncover patterns of diversity at different evolutionary scales; 2) to infer the processes of change that generate and maintain those patterns; and 3) to develop methods, models, and tools to help us better understand the information signal we recover from data about those processes. My work is heavily integrative and the projects I work on span variety of areas including empirical systems on all types of taxa and systems, simulation and modeling studies, and software and methods development.
|Jun 11, 2019||I will be missing Evolution this year, but if you are there, stop by and see Jeremy Brown give a talk on our work on The role of model testing and evaluation in phylogenomics.|
|Apr 4, 2019||As part of the scientific organizing commitee for the 7th Annual LA Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, an affiliated conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, I encourage anyone, especially students to register, it’s free!, and come see some fantastic keynotes. All proudly hosted and supported by LSU CCT and LBRN.|
|Feb 10, 2019||I will be giving a special invited seminar at the University of St. Louis on Growing the Tree of Life: computational approaches to unraveling the relationships between all living things. If you are around, I encourage you stop by and see how we can use data-driven techniques to better understand biodiveristy and the tree of life.|
|Nov 1, 2018||I’m happy to announce I’ve started a new position as a senior research fellow at LSU. I will be joining the Center for Computation & Technology as a resident biologist in order to help build new research collaborations across disciplines.|
|Jun 1, 2018||I will be joining the posterior predictive simulation workshop at the Society of Systematic Biology meeting this year in Columbus, OH at Ohio State University. I will be teaching the section on conducting inference-based posterior predictive analyses within RevBayes. I hope to see you there!|
|Apr 1, 2018||New paper out, doing posterior predictive simulation with RevBayes.|
|Feb 26, 2018||I will be giving an upcoming invited seminar in the department of biology at SIUE. My talk will focus on The strengths and challenges of genomic data for understanding biodiversity.|
|Jun 26, 2017||I will be giving a special spotlight talk at the Evolution meeting this year in Portland, OR. The topic and title of my talk will be The Effect of Heterotachy on Phylogenomics. If you work with genome scale data within a phylogenetic context, I encourage you to stop by and see why you should think about heterotachy when doing your analyses.|