My research focuses on two primary areas of investigation: (1) elucidating the interaction between paleobiogeography, paleoecology, and macroevolution during episodes of biotic overturn and global change and (2) phylogenetic and paleoecologic analysis of evolutionary patterns in brachiopods and crustaceans.  Research emphasizes development and implementation of quantitative analytical methods, particularly developing applications of ecological niche modeling methods for use in paleobiogeography and utilizing phylogenetic hypotheses to inform on paleobiogeographic analyses. The overarching goal of these lines of research is to better constrain the long-term effects of invasive species on biodiversity change and identify controlling factors on the process of speciation, topics of concern for mitigating the modern biodiversity crisis.

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