Hello! I am a post-doc in the Blois Lab at UC Merced. I am a population geneticist, specializing in ancient DNA. I obtained my PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis in January 2011, and my MS at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. The major question that drives my research is: What are the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape populations? I have focused specifically on how the roles of migration, dispersal, selection and adaptation, from both natural and anthropogenic sources, have affected species histories. My past research has focused on conservation genetics of Salt Marsh Harvest mice, the origins of dog domestication, and most recently, ancient DNA of Arctic dogs. I am interested in using Next Generation Sequencing technology to elucidate the genetic history of rodent species and to identify genetic adaptations to past climate change.