Speciation

Research

Though I have pivoted out of a traditional academic track, I am still continuing some work from my PhD and postdocs.

Sex‐linked genetic diversity and differentiation in a globally distributed avian species complex

Sex chromosomes often bear distinct patterns of genetic variation due to unique patterns of inheritance and demography. The processes of mutation, recombination, genetic drift and selection also influence rates of evolution on sex chromosomes …

Migratory divides coincide with reproductive barriers across replicated avian hybrid zones above the Tibetan Plateau

Migratory divides are proposed to be catalysts for speciation across a diversity of taxa. However, it is difficult to test the relative contributions of migratory behaviour vs. other divergent traits to reproductive isolation. Comparing hybrid zones …

Global song divergence in barn swallows (Hirundo rustica): exploring the roles of genetic, geographical and climatic distance in sympatry and allopatry

Divergence in acoustic signals plays an important role in the production and maintenance of biodiversity in numerous taxa. In this study, we assess patterns of acoustic divergence in geographically isolated and sympatric subspecies of barn swallows …

Genomic variation across two barn swallow hybrid zones reveals traits associated with divergence in sympatry and allopatry

Hybrid zones are geographic regions where isolating barriers between divergent populations are challenged by admixture. Identifying factors that facilitate or inhibit hybridization in sympatry can illuminate the processes that maintain those …

The maintenance of phenotypic divergence through sexual selection: An experimental study in barn swallows Hirundo rustica

Previous studies have shown that sexual signals can rapidly diverge among closely related species. However, we lack experimental studies to demonstrate that differences in trait-associated reproductive performance maintain sexual trait differences …

Genome‐wide differentiation in closely related populations: the roles of selection and geographic isolation

Population divergence in geographic isolation is due to a combination of factors. Natural and sexual selection may be important in shaping patterns of population differentiation, a pattern referred to as 'isolation by adaptation' (IBA). IBA can be …

Signal Traits and Oxidative Stress: A Comparative Study across Populations with Divergent Signals

Diverging populations often shift patterns of signal use—a process that can contribute to reproductive isolation and speciation. Yet it is not clear why most traits gain or lose signal value during divergence. One reason this could occur is because …

Evolutionary divergence in acoustic signals: causes and consequences

Acoustic signals mediate mate choice, resource defense, and species recognition in a broad range of taxa. It has been proposed, therefore, that divergence in acoustic signals plays a key role in speciation. Nonetheless, the processes driving …