PhD. Imperial College London, UK. Nov 2007 – ongoing.
MRes Biosystematics (Distinction). Imperial College London, UK. Oct 2006 – Sep 2007.
BA (Honors). Swarthmore College, PA, USA. Major in Biology, Minor in Computer Science.
Sep 1995 – May 1999.
Consultant. Cartesian LTD, London, UK. Jul 2006 – Aug 2007
Computational Biologist. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA.
Mar 2004 – Apr 2006.
Customer Support Engineer & Software Developer. LION bioscience AG, Heidelberg, Germany. Jan 2002 – Dec 2003.
Consultant (Euro-Migration Specialist). EDS Italia, Rome, Italy. Jul 2001 – Nov 2001.
Technical Support Engineer. Lucent Technologies, Munich, Germany. Jul 2000 – Jul 2001.
Assistant Teacher of Computer Science. Munich International School, Starnberg, Germany.
Aug 1999 – Jun 2000.
At the World Congress of Malacology in Antwerp
Collecting in Guam
Playa Piñuela, a field site in Costa Rica
Collecting in the cold for a change
Fieldwork in Malaysia
The global radiations of rapanine and ergalataxine marine snails: vicariance, dispersal and diet
In order to understand current patterns of species richness, distribution and morphological disparity, it is necessary to investigate paleogeographic events, modern dispersal events and species ecology. If ancient tectonic events are responsible for modern diversity patterns, we would expect that phylogenetic breaks between clades should correlate in time and space with tectonic events that have caused vicariance.
Using phylogenetics to test hypotheses of divergence
Furthermore, similar patterns should appear across unrelated taxa, irrespective of life history. If, on the other hand, relatively recent dispersal has shaped diversity patterns, we would not expect a priori that patterns in different taxa should be congruent, although we might expect similar patterns in groups with similar life histories. Alternatively, if ecological effects have been important, we might expect a key innovation to be followed by an adaptive radiation.
Molluscs are useful for studies of diversification because of the large volume of taxonomic, biogeographic and paleontological information available; they are well studied, have a good fossil record, are reasonably species-rich, and occur worldwide in various habitats. The carnivorous marine snails in the muricid subfamilies Rapaninae and Ergalataxinae fit these criteria. Thus, the Rapaninae and Ergalataxinae are excellent models for studies of vicariance, dispersal and ecological speciation in the sea.