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Drosophila ananassae  male genital spines (right cut), 2012 (Photo: N. Kaval)

Drosophila ananassae male genital spines (right cut), 2012
(Photo: N. Kaval)

Paper discussion, 2019 (Equations: Tania S. Barrera; Photo: Karl Grieshop)

Paper discussion, 2019
(Equations: Tania S. Barrera; Photo: Karl Grieshop)

Padjelanta, Sweden (North of the Arctic Circle), 2014 (Photo: Ludovic Dutoit)

Padjelanta, Sweden (North of the Arctic Circle), 2014
(Photo: Ludovic Dutoit)


2018-2022
International Postdoctoral Fellow, Swedish Research Council
University of Toronto, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stockholm University, Dept. of Molecular Biosciences
Hosts: Aneil Agrawal (Toronto), Mattias Mannervik (Stockholm)

2012-2017
Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology
Uppsala University, Dept. of Ecology and Genetics
Supervisors: Göran Arnqvist, David Berger

2009-2012
M.S. in Biology
University of Cincinnati, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Michal Polak

2004-2009
B.S. in Biology
University of Cincinnati, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Supervisor (2007-2009): Michal Polak

I did my BS in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, U.S.) from 2004-2009, joining Michal Polak’s lab in 2007. I stayed in Mike’s lab for my MS from 2009-2012, using micron-scale laser surgery to investigate the pre- and post-copulatory adaptive function of male genital spines in the fruit fly Drosophila ananassae (top left). I then went on to do my PhD with Göran Arnqvist and David Berger in the Department of Ecology and Genetics at Uppsala University in Sweden from 2012-2017, using quantitative genetics to study the genetic architecture of sexually antagonistic genetic variation and the maintenance of sexual reproduction in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (top right). After defending my thesis against Jacek Radwan, I got funded by the Swedish Research Council for a 3-year postdoc jointly hosted by Aneil Agrawal in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Toronto and Mattias Mannervik in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the Wenner-Gren Institute (MBW) at Stockholm University.

Along the way I met my partner, Ruxandra Molnar, during her postdoc at Uppsala. We enjoy backpacking, rock climbing/bouldering, playing/coaching/reffing roller derby, and chasing after our shared fitness component.

Niagara Glen, Orient Express, V8/7B+, 2019 (Photo: Daniel Moore)

Niagara Glen, Orient Express, V8/7B+, 2019
(Photo: Daniel Moore)

 
Callosobruchus maculatus  in copula, ca. 2017 (Photo: Ivain Martinossi-Allibert)

Callosobruchus maculatus in copula, ca. 2017
(Photo: Ivain Martinossi-Allibert)

Basic fly cross, 4500 times, 2018 (Photo: Karl Grieshop)

Basic fly cross, 4500 times, 2018
(Photo: Karl Grieshop)

Thesis defense, Sweden, 2017  (Photo: Ruxandra Molnar)

Thesis defense, Sweden, 2017
(Photo: Ruxandra Molnar)