I am a geneticist and fierce proponent of science education. I hail from the United States but I am presently located in Canberra, Australia where I am undertaking my postdoctoral work at the Australian National University’s Research School of Biology. My research interests lie broadly in┬ápopulation genetics, epigenetics, genomics and bioinformatics, and the application of these research fields in species conservation. I am currently investigating the evolutionary origins of body plan development from the perspective of early branching animal lineages.