In July of 2018 I am excited to be joining the Biology Faculty at Earlham College, as an Assistant Professor. Until that time, I am fortunate to be able to take some time away from full-time research in order to care for my infant and Kindergarten-age boys. Meanwhile, I am maintaining an affiliation at Virginia Tech, and I can be contacted there!
In what sometimes seems like a previous life, I graduated with a PhD in ecology from the University of Montana, where I was advised by Ray Callaway and studied plant community ecology. Before that, I worked as a research assistant in a canine genetics and microbiology lab at Cornell, and in a structural biochemistry lab in Montana. And before that, I went to school at The University of Kansas studying organismal biology!
When I am not working I spend most of my time with my spouse and two sons. I am an avid runner, having completed nine marathons to date alongside my wife. I also I enjoy aikido—which I have been practicing on-and-off for sixteen years—backpacking, making visual art, and working on cars. My current project is a 1998 Acura Integra, which I’ve built more or less from scratch. The car is running great and now just needs a new coat of paint!