I am a Research Data Scientist, Biodiversity at the Smithonian Institution Office of Research Information Services (ORIS). I received my PhD from Rutgers University in the Department of Entomology where I was advised by Karl Kjer. I spend the majority of my time working on genomics and bioinformatics. I grew up in the mountainous West and was fascinated by both biology and technology. I suppose it is no coincidence that I ended up at the intersection of the two. For my research, I study the phylogenetics and evolutionary history of caddisflies, an order of aquatic insects. I am also interested in phylogenetic methods including model selection/partitioning and data exclusion. If you would like to know more about my research, click here. I also post occasional news updates.