I am an evolutionary geneticist and ecologist. My research draws from the vast diversity of reproductive traits among plants to address fundamental evolutionary questions. Some questions are plant-specific: for example, how do interactions between plants and their pollinators determine mating success? Others are more general: what factors determine the evolution of mating strategies? Or, how do tradeoffs affect phenotypic and genetic properties of traits?
About a half of my work involves theory, to produce testable predictions. The remaining half employs molecular analyses of natural populations, and manipulative experiments in the field, greenhouse and lab to test predictions from my own theory or from others.