Academic work


Software & Evolution Teaching Modules

Specialties: Systematics and taxonomy of land and freshwater Snails, evolution education.

Research Description: My research integrates evolutionary biology and ecology, specifically applying the tools of molecular and morphological systematics and ecology to study taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and phylogeography of land and freshwater snails. One major research project studies the systematics and taxonomy of the Polygyridae, a family of land snails in the United States and Mexico. A second research area is the study of the origin and colonization of the invasive freshwater snail Bithynia tentaculata. A third ongoing research project examines the distribution and diversity of Wisconsin land snails using spatial analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental niche modeling. Finally, I am conducting several research projects on how students learn evolutionary concepts and how to assess student learning.