University of California at Davis
B.S. Evolution, Ecology, & Biodiversity 2017
Vertebrate sex determination is a critical biological process controlled by a variety of genetic mechanisms including physical differences in sex chromosomes and gene dosage or expression. While much is known about mammalian sex determination, our understanding of the evolutionary forces controlling sex determination in reptile groups is limited. For my graduate work, I will use genetic and genomic approaches to identify the sex determination mechanism of the brown anole lizard, and I will use this knowledge to clarify whether similar mechanisms operate in other related reptiles.
IIRG 2020, Genetics Training Grant 2020, NSF GRFP 2020, ARCS SCHOLAR 2021
Meany, M. K., Conner, W. R., Richter, S. V., Bailey, J. A., Turelli, M., & Cooper, B. S. (2019). Loss of cytoplasmic incompatibility and minimal fecundity effects explain relatively low Wolbachia frequencies in Drosophila mauritiana. Evolution, 73(6), 1278-1295.