I was featured in a recent post on the NIH "I Am Intramural" blog. I began working with the authors at the end of my postdoc, thus the "postdoc profile" title. Regardless, I was honored to be featured and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my research with others in a non-technical forum. The blog post can be found here.
I am very pleased to announce that I have joined the Biological Imaging Core of the National Eye Institute as a Staff Scientist. I am grateful and honored to be joining the civil service, and I look forward to a long and productive career serving both this Nation and the goals of the institute.
I am honored to receive an NEI Director's Award in the Administrative/Technical Excellence Award Category in recognition of developing and running the NEI Summer Vision Science Course for NEI summer interns using a problem-based learning approach.
I will be presenting at this year's virtual Evolution conference, as part of the Sensory Systems session on Wednesday, June 23 at 4:30-6pm EST. Publication of this work is currently in review at Molecular Ecology Resources!
I am pleased to announce that our 2019 publication "A Phylogenomic Supertree of Birds," was awarded a 2020 best paper award from the journal Diversity. The paper is available here.
I was very pleased to receive a 2019 National Eye Institute Director's Award for Scientific/Medical Innovation in the Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory :)
So pleased to see this paper out! It represents my very best effort at trying to resolve the phylogeny of the nightbirds (superorder Strisores), using a novel genome-scale marker (ultraconserved elements). I initially uncovered some conflicting signal pertaining to the relationship between the potoos and oilbird, and subsequently designed a series of analyses to try and tease that signal apart. It wasn't easy, but in the end I've uncovered significant support for the topology seen below. Now I can proceed with further analyzing the visual adaptations to nocturnality in this group, in order to unravel their evolutionary history. See my PUBS page for the paper, published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Thanks to friend and colleague Daniel J. Field for use of the beautiful photos.