My main research interest lies in the study of the evolutionary origin, maintenance and distribution of mammalian diversity in tropical east Asia (TEA). TEA is a major biodiversity hotspot with a complex geological and climatic history, providing an excellent system to study evolution. In order to address specific evolutionary hypotheses I combine genomic and morphometric data from historic museum specimens and specimens collected in the field to evaluate the role of geological and environmental changes in the diversification of small mammals in TEA.
My postdoctoral research at the Smithsonian is mainly focused on the following projects:
Evolutionary history of Oriental Giant Squirrels constructed from UCEs and mitogenomes sequenced from museum specimens