I am an evolutionary ecologist with a particular interest in adaptation and speciation. Using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines ancient DNA, genomics, stable isotopes and behavioural studies I have investigated these process in the killer whale, which has radiated into different forms and ecotypes.
My interests have become increasingly focused on molecular approaches to investigating evolutionary histories. A key focus is integrate paleo- and modern genomics datasets to utilise methods for anaylsing time series data and better infer the dynamics of shifts in allele frequencies due to interacting demographic and adaptive processes. Whilst the main study system remains the killer whale ecotypes, I am also collaborating on projects on bottlenose dolphins and bowhead whales and hope to further apply these approaches to more model systems including threespine stickleback forms.