I am interested in patterns of molecular genetic variation in natural populations, and the ways in which selection, recombination and demographic and ecological processes influence this variability. My work spans a number of different areas of research, which can broadly be defined as population genetics and evolutionary ecology. One aspect of my research combines population genetic analyses of within-species variability and comparative genomics approaches to studying patterns of divergence between species. I also use fieldwork and molecular techniques to investigate various aspects of the ecology of wild populations. Most of my work has concentrated on several model species in the Drosophila genus, but I have also worked with the ladybird beetle Adalia bipunctata and the stalk-eyed fly Teleopsis dalmanni.
My current research focuses on natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster and the impact of recombination and several ecological factors on the level of genetic variability within populations and its distribution around the genome. For more information on specific projects, please contact me or see my publication list.