Consequently, I use a spectrum of approaches to investigate evolutionary relationships and ecological variation, and explore historical and contemporary factors responsible for generating diversity. I often integrate multiple tools and datasets to assess signatures of mechanisms of diversification. Coupling genetic data and species distribution modeling (niche modeling), both anchored by fossil evidence, offers a powerful context for testing hypotheses. Unraveling evolutionary and ecological signals requires the incorporation of theory from multiple fields such as conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, historical biogeography, molecular ecology, niche modeling, phylogeography, species delimitation, and systematics. This broad context spans the spectrum of diversity (population, infraspecific, and species) and results in an ideal opportunity to identify key ecological and evolutionary factors across scales. However, a general theme is to maintain and conserve biodiversity. Recently, these efforts have focused on the montane-associated mammals of North America that may require novel conservation efforts and management action when encountering a dynamic climate. Early consideration of important genetic and niche-based variables will be essential to help mitigate challenges of managing diverse sets of populations.
Natural history museum collections and specimen-based research, using targeted
fieldwork, are the foundation to my investigations.