I am fascinated and humbled by biodiversity. I want to understand how it is generated and how to maintain it. Biodiversity spans genes to ecosystems and this requires interdisciplinary research that utilizes universal tools. For this reason I have focused on developing and utilizing genetic and field methods to understand population dynamics, structure and diversity. My work has carried me to mountain top lakes, to coastal streams and tropical islands. I am fascinated with how interactions among species and the environment shape the distribution of biodiversity and find this research paramount in today's increasingly human dominated world.