We just got word that our NSF XSEDE research proposal was awarded. This is a computational infrastructure supporting program at NSF, and Bob Thomson and I were just awarded >7 million hours of computational time that will support our work on the evolutionary history of whiptail lizards using genomic data and some really cool, new complex statistical models. (2019)

I recently joined the newly formed IUCN Species Survival Commission Skink Specialist Group. If you have expertise in skink biology and are interested in conservation, there is a strong interest in increasing membership diversity! (2019)

We recently heard that our NSF grant through DEB (Collaborative Research: Species delimitation, hybridization, and the origin of parthenogenesis in whiptail lizards [Aspidoscelis]) was recommended for funding, so keep an eye out for cool new papers on whiptails over the next couple years! This work is in collaboration with Bob Thomson, Tod Reeder, Adrián Nieto Montes de Oca, and Norma Leticia Manríquez Morán. (2018)

I was invited to give a talk at the Society of Systematic Biologists meetings this summer in Columbus OH. If you are interested in model fit and posterior predictive simulation in phylogenetics, check out the workshop I’ll be helping organize: (2018)

In addition to the ‘Perspective’ piece (see publications), our new paper in Molecular Ecology got picked up by a DNA Barcoding Blog (2016)

In a new paper, my collaborators and I identify the origins of an enigmatic, endemic Indian skink: Indian Institute of Science News (2015)

Beckman Fellowship: UH News (2015)

Bill Duellman’s book on Marsupial Frogs released (I was fortunate to work for Bill while I was at KU, helping him finish putting it together, it’s great to see the final version). Congratulations’s to Bill on an incredible job and a great resource! (2015)

Our recent paper on Philippine tarsiers got some press (2014):

Stoye Award (2013):