Faculty Research Interests
Ecology of amphibians and reptiles, especially how human alterations of the environment affect individuals and communities.
Population and community ecology of animals and plants inhabiting small ponds, including fish, zooplankton, algae, and macroinvertebrates.
Production, perception and function of color in sexual signals and defensive tactics of insects.
Mechanism of cancer development due to perturbations in growth factor signaling.
Cellular and Molecular Biologist
Role of acid pumps in cancer metastasis using human breast cancer cells as a model system and assembly of these pumps using S. cerevisiae as a model system.
Animals are able to perform a diversity of movements in nature. I use a comparative approach to understand the roles of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems in determining performance.
Population ecology and habitat use/specialization of pond-breeding amphibians
Evolutionary Developmental Biologist
Evolution of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying embryonic development using the sea urchin as a model system.
Feminist Science Studies
From a critical race and gender studies perspective, my research addresses the practices, performances, and representations of scientific inquiry, technoscience, and public health.
Molecular genetic studies on the role of histone proteins and chromatin structure in DNA damage repair, using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system.
Molecular Plant Systematist
Evolution and classification of the Adder’s Tongue fern family, focusing on the population-species boundary.
I’m interested in understanding the biological basis of social communication. I study how sensory stimuli and endocrine state affect social behaviors in the African clawed frog.
I study the interactions between plants and insects, with interests in pollination biology and how plant-feeding insects affect plant reproduction. My field work takes me to California and Arizona.