Assistant Professor, Evolution
What I do
My lab studies how sexual selection and genomic conflict shape the evolution of reproduction, and how divergence in these key reproductive traits contribute to speciation.
- Assistant Professor, University of Denver, 2017 - present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, 2013 - 2017
- PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 2013
- BS, Biology, Western Washington University, 2004
In the Larson Lab, we want to understand the origins of species diversity and how evolutionary forces drive speciation. The evolution of reproductive traits is central to this process. Males and females interact in diverse ways, both before and after mating. They also interact at different organizational levels—as individuals, gametes, sex chromosomes, and genes that have evolved male and female-biased functions. The evolution of reproductive traits is at once cooperative and antagonistic. Individuals have to be able to reproduce, but males and females can have conflicting interests. We study how sexual selection and genomic conflict shape the evolution of reproduction, and how divergence in these key reproductive traits contribute to speciation.
Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Population Genetics Article published in Genetics Awarded for “The evolution of polymorphic hybrid incompatibles in house mice”, 2019