My current research primarily focuses on three topics:
1) The evolutionary history of marine fishes in threatened ecosystems (reefs and the Antarctic);
2) the mechanisms and functional consequences of gene family diversification in the ray-finned fish innate immune system; and
3) the development of theory and software to aid comparative phylogenomic research.
In addressing these topics, I hope to illuminate general features of vertebrate evolution while providing critical historical context that can help us more effectively face emergent challenges to both conservation and human health.