I am a postdoc in the Department of Biology at the University of Florida. Broadly, I am interested in the ecology and evolution of parasitic relationships. I am particularly interested in how parasitic lifestyles evolved from once free-living ancestors. I am particularly interested in the behavior of parasites, having studied its heritability and how variation in this key trait is generated and maintained. I address these research questions primarily with the facultatively parasitic mite Macrocheles muscaedomesticae and their fruit fly hosts.