About

imageI am a biologist, professor, and science communicator. I teach ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as an Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University. I also teach field biology at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado and developed a complete digital course on the modern science of evolution with The Great Courses. I have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where my research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. I have worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil. My current research examines the interactions between native and non-native ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, ant foraging behavior, and the co-evolution between ants and microbes. I often speak and write about science for the general public at schools, museums, churches, science cafés, TEDx events and other venues. My writing and photography have appeared in publications such as NBC NewsSlate, Aeon, Nautilus, and Wired and my first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution was published by Yale University Press.