My PhD advisor Dr. Catherine E. Wagner and her collaborators, work in the Great Lakes of East Africa; particularly in Lake Tanganyika. I joined her lab in Fall, 2015 and since then have been studying the striking diversity of Lake Tanganyika’s cichlid fishes in the field and in the lab; seeking to combine both classic ecological theory with the study of speciation.
Broadly, I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary drivers of biodiversity and for my PhD, I plan on identifying actual mechanisms leading phenotypes to fit better in specific environments and therefore potentially explain present fish diversity patterns or predict future differentiation. The species-rich cichlid fish fauna found in Lake Tanganyika provides us with the unique opportunity to study the origins and maintenance of diversity within an adaptive radiation.
To see a mini Youtube movie I made about my field work in Lake Tanganyika follow this link