When I was four years old I wanted to be a paleontologist. I remember asking my father what colour dinosaurs were. He replied ‘Well, Simone, no one knows what colour dinosaurs were, but someday you could discover it.’ My whole life, I maintained the idea that I could grow up and make discoveries about the natural world. I specialized in ecology in undergrad and at the end of my BSc, I did an honour’s project on the influence of fish evolution on their surrounding ecosystems. I continued lab work before traveling to the Galapagos Islands to observe a famously diverse biological landmark. I was inspired to start my PhD on ecological and evolutionary diversity in desert lizards. My desire to make discoveries about the natural world has persisted since an early age. I hope to inspire and teach others to take an active interest in the nature that is around them.

research interests

I use the recent lizard colonists of White Sands, NM to answer questions such as:

What can recent colonization tell us about evolution and ecology?
Have the lizards in White Sands undergone ecological release?
Do parallel phenotypic shifts in the three lizard species have functional significance?
What is the form and direction of current selection on White Sands lizards?

academic background

Visiting Student Researcher: University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Advisor: Erica B. Rosenblum

PhD Candidate: University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA
Advisors: Luke J. Harmon & Erica B. Rosenblum
Dissertation: Evolutionary ecology of recent lizard colonists of white sands

BSc Honours: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Advisors: Dolph Schluter & Jonathan B. Shurin
Thesis: The ecology of threespine stickleback speciation & specialization: investigating the impacts of top predator diversity on freshwater food webs

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