UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Genetics Laboratory
Associate Adjunct Professor/Director
Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit
Center for Veterinary Genetics
Dept. Population Health and Reproduction
Old Davis Rd./One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8744
Tel 530-754-9088
CCAH Building
Rm 249

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Ph.D. Ecology (2002). University of California, Davis, CA.
Dissertation topic: Ecology of canine heartworm in California coyotes

M.S. Wildlife Biology (1996). University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Thesis topic: Ecology and behavior of coyotes in relation to sheep predation

B.S. Biology (1991). University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Research Interest

I employ genomic and field-based methodologies to understand evolutionary histories of particular canid species and the generalities that unite their evolutionary pathways. Much of my research is motivated by curiosity about the relationships between individual behavior and population-level processes, including the historical roles played by behavioral plasticity and adaptation in the evolution of niche specialization. I am especially interested in research that directly or indirectly helps us conserve endangered canid populations and species. In addition to canids, my students and I work on a broad range of and other mammalian carnivores.

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