Environmental heterogeneity across space and throughout time can also influence patterns of speciation and niche occupancy at a broader scale. To explore how historical environmental changes have shaped genetic and habitat diversity in the tropics, I apply a phylogenetic approach. I combine subgenomic (exon capture) data with environmental analyses to determine when and how lineages diverged.
I'm still working with Brazilian lizards, but now from Australia! I'm collaborating with the Moritz Lab at ANU to develop genetic resources for the Gymnophthalminae subfamily of lizards (family Gymnophthalmidae). Pictured here: a rock wallaby in Queensland