I am a biologist, professor, and science writer. I received a doctorate 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. I currently teach ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as an Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University. My current research examines the interactions between native and non-native ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, and the co-evolution between ants and microbes. I also speak and write about science for the general public. My writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Aeon, Nautilus, Slate, and Wired and my first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution was published by Yale University Press in 2016.