Grew up in Vermont; attended Dartmouth College; PhD University at Albany (SUNY); Postdocs Duke, U Minnesota, Smithsonian National Zoo. Hired UMBC 2000. Sabbatical Australian National University 2007. Now Professor, Biological Sciences.
Evolutionary Biology - Molecular phylogeny and population genetics of closely related birds to study speciation and character evolution. Recent research has focused on the orioles (genus Icterus), as well as ravens (genus Corvus).
Introductory Biology (part 2, evolution and diversity), evolution, evolutionary genetics, animal behavior. Especially interested in teaching clear "tree thinking" as there is no "ladder of progress" in evolution.
(2015) Distinctiveness of Pacific Robin subspecies in Vanuatu revealed from disparate patterns of sexual dichromatism, plumage colour, morphometrics and ancient DNA Australia Emu: Austral Ornithology
American Ornithologists' Union Meeting Oral Presentation Speciation Reversal in Common Ravens American Ornithologists' Union University of Oklahoma (Aug 1, 2016)