My research program uses an integrative approach to elucidate the biology, evolutionary history, and diversity of reptiles and amphibians. My current projects focus on the reptile family Scincidae, which is the most diverse family of lizards with over 1,650 species. I focus on scincid lizards in the Sphenomorphus group to answer numerous questions about body-form evolution, osteological development, Southeast Asian biogeography, and character evolution of scalation in skinks.
My postdoctoral research fellowship aims to test the limits of phylogenetic inference with simulated and empirical phylogenomic data. Focusing primarily on resolving rapid diversification and recent speciation events. I am particularly interested in how the anomaly zone impacts estimation of empirical phylogenies with phylogenomic data.