Ph.D. University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Postdoctoral Research at University of Oslo, Norway
The research in my lab is broadly concerned with the evolutionary genetic basis of diversification in natural populations and environments to better understand the processes of speciation and the impact of hybridization/admixture, genome doubling (polyploidization), and responses to global environmental perturbations in both animals and plants. My research uses genetic/genomic and metagenomic analyses of modern and historical/ancient material (ancient DNA) to address longstanding questions in the evolutionary history of mammals and flowering plants. Current projects include paleogenetic surveys of Late Quaternary mammal biodiversity in Southeast Alaska, evolutionary genomics of Arctic and boreal carnivore mammals (with a focus on ursine bears and mustelids), systematics and molecular evolution of lamioid mints (with a focus on the Hawaiian endemic mint radiation), metagenomic investigation of the whale gut microbiome, and phylogenomics and population genomics of Southeast Asian plant lineages.