I am a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia broadly interested in evolution.
I use lizards and melanin to study the evolution of hormone-phenotype couplings.
I like data.
July 2023 The first chapter of my dissertation, "Species differences in hormonally mediated gene expression underlie the evolutionary loss of sexually dimorphic coloration in Sceloporus lizards", was accepted for publication in Journal of Heredity! Read it here.
May 2023 Our global synthesis characterizing the effects of freshwater salinization has been accepted in Science of the Total Environment! Read it here.
January 2023 The Cox lab had a great SICB meeting in Austin, TX! I gave a talk in the Comparative Endocrinology section titled "Changes in androgen sensitivity of melanogenesis genes underlie ventral color loss in fence lizards".
December 2022 I attended the Trends in Biology and Evolution meeting, titled The Biology of Colour, and presented a poster on my work! What an incredible experience.
July 2022 Tyler Wittman's new paper "Experimental removal of nematode parasites increases growth, sprint speed, and mating success in Anolis sagrei lizards" was accepted in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A! Read about the work here.
June 2022 I gave a talk, " Sexually dimorphic coloration evolves through alterations to hormonally mediated gene expression in Sceloporus lizards", at Evolution.
Our new paper, entitled "Evolution of hormone-phenotype couplings and hormone-genome interactions" was accepted in Hormones and Behavior! Check it out here.
May 2022 Our latest paper, led by Matthew Hale, was accepted in Frontiers in Physiology as part of a special issue, "exploring phenotypic diversity in ectothermic reptiles and in birds: developmental physiology throughout the lifespan and across scales"!
January 2022 SICB in Phoenix was excellent! Thank you, conference organizers, for making a safe and exciting conference. See you next year in Austin!r I received a Grant in Aid of Research from the Society!