I have always been fascinated by the rich and varied diversity of life on Earth. Working closely with my advisor and colleagues, my current research focuses on expanding and clarifying the topology of the existing Jumping Spider (Salticidae) molecular phylogeny. I am also interested in understanding continental patterns in Jumping Spider body forms and how these patterns may relate to microhabitat use. My fieldwork has brought me to Ecuador and more recently to the tropical wet forests of Gabon in Central Africa.
I am also interested in creative writing. My favorite topics include the beauty and importance of biological diversity and the natural world, as well as the interaction between humans and the environment.
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