My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of male and female reproductive traits.
I am a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist by training. However, I am generally interested in the intersection of evolution and ecology and the connection between data and theory. I use a combination of mathematical models and empirical data to determine how interactions within and between groups of individuals affect evolutionary and ecological dynamics at higher levels. I have applied this general conceptual approach to a wide variety of topics including sexual selection, parental care, sperm competition, alternative reproductive patterns, and mating systems. As someone who is both theoretician and empiricist, I am aware of the many challenges that arise when developing general, testable and understandable theory and then designing experiments or conducting observations to test these general concepts. I see mathematical modeling as a powerful tool when firmly grounded in an empirical understanding of the question.