Amherst College, Majors: Mathematics and Economics, Degree and Date: BA, 1987
University of California at Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, Major Professor: James W. Valentine, Degree and Date: PhD, 1999
Director and Research Zoologist, National Systematics Lab of NOAA's Fisheries
My research focuses on the evolutionary history of relatively simple animals, cnidarians (jellyfishes, corals, etc.), placozoans (aka Trichoplax), and sponges. I generate and use evolutionary trees, known as phylogenetic hypotheses, to better understand how the amazing biodiversity of these groups -- in terms of morphology, life history, and genetics -- has come to be.