I am fascinated by the interplay between structure and function in population biology. In order to understand the origins and maintainance of biodiversity - from within an individual to among continents - we need to understand how population distribution patterns reflect, and determine, the underlying processes of birth, death, movement and diversification. To address this question I work with students and collaborators at the interface of theoretical models and empirical data.
We focus on animal populations and their resident microbiota. This includes humans and other domesticated animals, where we consider cities as natural experiments, offering windows into how host population structure shapes the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Some recent work is listed below, and more can be found on my Google Scholar page. A website is also in the works, so check back soon!