I study the Douglas-fir tussock moth and its associated nucleopolyhedroviruses as a model for pathogen coexistence. I’m particularly interested in how dispersal and stochastic processes alter scale-specific patterns.
I work on microbial community coalescence - the process by which two previously isolated microbial communities come together and mix – as a tool to inspect a deeper, unsolved question in microbial ecology: community assembly.
My research is focused on understanding the microbial ecology that govern the functional aspects of the microbiome via modeling and experimental validations. The goal is to engineer the emergent properties of the microbial community for desired traits.
I use mathematical and computational models to study high-dimensional coevolutionary systems of archaea and their viruses, to better understand the interplay of dynamics and diversity between different levels of organization and modes of symbiosis.
I am interested in the process of speciation under natural and sexual selection. In my research, I use population genetics, computer vision and gene editing to study the evolution and genetics of mating behavior in Heliconius butterflies.
I study species interactions in complex (species-rich) ecological communities. I develop computational and statistical tools to characterize the structure of interaction networks, as well as theoretical models to explore its origins and consequences.
How do problematic concepts, such as character and adaptation, encompass the structural and functional properties of macromolecules? How to experimentally assess the evolutionary forces and processes involved in the history of these molecules?