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Ph.D. Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1996 Concentration: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dissertation Title: Phylogeny and evolution of the avian family Ciconiidae, the storks
B.A. Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984 (magna cum laude)
Research/Career Interests: 

My research has focused on applying genetic data to elucidate the evolutionary history of populations and species. I have worked on a diverse array of organisms, including several groups of birds, viruses, and cetaceans (currently). Projects have included the following:  comparing mitochondrial DNA sequences and DNA-DNA hybridization data in inferring a phylogeny for stork species (avian family Ciconiidae); using mitochondrial sequence data to understand relationships among species in the avian family Paridae (titmice and chickadees) and to identify cryptic species within the group; extracting DNA from bones and museum study skins to determine the origins of a group of extinct, flightless rails in the Hawaiian islands; and applying metagenomic methods and next-generation sequencing to search for novel viruses in human and animal stool samples.

Professional Preparation: 
2005-2010 – staff scientist, Blood Systems Research Institute, San Francisco, CA
2001-2005 – laboratory manager, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
1997-2001 – postdoctoral fellow, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1996-1997 – postdoctoral fellow, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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