Species interactions

Previous work examined the effects of multispecies interactions on species coexistence. Using tropical invasive ants as a model system, I investigated the role of direct and indirect species interactions, including competition and parasitism, on native communities.

Population structure

I study the effects of spatial structure on population dynamics. Many populations in nature exhibit some form of social or spatial structure, but are typically studied as well-mixed systems. My current research seeks to understand the ecological and evolutionary consequences of spatial population structure for disease spread.

Host-microbe interactions

My research examines tripartite interactions between hosts, parasites, and endosymbionts. A major focus of this research is on the ecoevolutionary dynamics of symbiont virulence and its effect on host health


More Publications

. Arboreal twig-nesting ants form dominance hierarchies over nesting resources (preprint: Peer J, 2020.


. Deconstructing higher-order interactions in the microbiota (preprint: In revision for Journal of Animal Ecology, 2020.


. Reduction of species coexistence through mixing in a spatial competition model. Theoretical ecology, 2017.

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. From insinuator to dominator: Foraging switching by an exotic ant. Diversity and Distributions. , 2017.

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. Self-organized spatial pattern determines biodiversity in spatial competition. Journal of Theoretical Biology. , 2012.

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Black Ecologist Section (Ecological Society of America).



Programming for Biologists (Instructor of Record)

The Science of Origins (TA).

Genomics in Society (TA)

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (TA) .

Food, Energy, and the Environment (TA).

Introductory Biology (TA) .