Consequently, I integrate environmental informatics with molecular genetics to test fundamental hypothesis to investigate evolutionary relationships and ecological variation. A consistent theme includes extending these methods and questions to inform conservation. More specifically, I explore the continuum of variation to tease apart the historical and contemporary forces responsible for generating and maintaining diversity. Recently, these efforts have focused on the montane-associated mammals of North America, a community that will require new strategies in the face of changing environmental conditions. Natural history museum collections, complemented with targeted fieldwork, are the foundations to my research program.
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