I am a postdoctoral research scientist in the Clarke lab at the University of Texas at Austin, principally interested in avian evolutionary ecology. My doctoral work focused on a monophyletic clade termed Telluraves (the 'earth birds') which comprises most extant species. I am expanding the taxonomic scope of my work to include palaeognaths — some of the oldest lineages of birds, e.g. rheas and kiwis, as well as some spectacular extinct species, e.g. elephant birds. I generally employ phylogenetic comparative methods, utilizing a combination of life history, molecular, and paleontological data. Using these methods, I am interested in asking a variety of questions about how species traits have changed over deep time, including both the way in which traits affect biodversity through time and, reciprocally, are affected by changing biodiversity. I also like to develop scripts for the statistical program R for analyzing and visualizing my own data as well as for use by the scientific community.