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. I love being outside and observing the tiny and often over-looked critters! I will be an assistant professor in the biology department at the University of Tampa starting the fall of 2021. Currently, I am a postdoc at the University of Kentucky in the White lab working on projects exploring the evolution and spread of endosymbiotic bacteria in dwarf spider populations.