I've been working in the Edwards lab since 1997, and am nearing completion of my work, which is an extension of my undergraduate honors thesis. I've been studying intron sizes in alligators as well as in a wide range of birds, in order to see if there is any coorelation of intron size with metabolic rate, as proposed by Austin Hughes, among others. In addition to this, I am conducting more phylogenetically-corrected correlative studies examining trends between intron size, metabolic rate, and genome size among archosaurs (birds + crocodilians) and other vertebrates.
I have been accepted into the graduate program in Zoology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and plan to conduct research in mammalian biogeography with Dr. Joe Cook.
B.S., Zoology, University of Washington (1998)