I am broadly interested in spatiotemporal variation and its influence on evolutionary processes. At UT, my thesis research focuses on how well different factors explain variation in the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) both now and in the Pleistocene.
I've done additional research into the systematics of extinct soft-shelled turtles (Trionychidae) and the taphonomy of extraordinarily well-preserved feathers.
James M. & Thomas J. M. Schopf Award - Paleontological Society (2012)
Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2012)
Research Grant - Paleontological Society of Austin (2012)
Graduate Research Fellowship - National Science Foundation (2011)
Belknap Prize (Outstanding Achievement in Geology) - Yale University (2011)
Variation in complex systematic problems: a case study, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Raleigh, North Carolina (2012)
Cf. Terrapene: a complicated evolutionary history, Symposium on Turtle Evolution, Tübingen, Germany (2012)
Giant fossil soft-shelled turtles of North America, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Las Vegas, NV (2011)
Giant fossil soft-shelled turtles of North America, Texas Herpetological Society, Austin, TX (2011)
Character reinterpretation and fossil soft-shelled turtle taxa (Trionychidae) work together to recover new relationships, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Pittsburgh, PA (2010)
Cretaceous Trionychids of Asia: a review of record and biogeography, Gaffney Turtle Symposium, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada (2009)