The barred, calico, and redtail surfperch all caught on the same day along the California central coast. The Amphistichus trifecta!

I am a 6th year PhD candidate in Dr. Giacomo Bernardi’s lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of California Santa Cruz. Broadly I am interested in the processes driving diversification. My current research utilizes genomic signals of selection and molecular phylogenetics to better understand adaptation and speciation in marine organisms.  For my dissertation I use surfperches (Embiotocidae) as a model system for addressing these topics.

A link to my CV can be found here.