I am an evolutionary ecologist broadly interested in the natural history, ecology and evolution of freshwater fishes. My research is strongly field-oriented, and focuses on lacustrine fish assemblages in East Africa and Central America – both global hotspots of vertebrate diversity. I am interested in understanding how both natural (predation, competition) and anthropogenic (invasions, fishing, impoundment) drivers interact to influence organisms’ functional traits and ecological niches, and how such changes may scale up to influence community and food web structure in aquatic systems. Overall, my research seeks to advance our basic understanding of the evolutionary ecology of fishes while also informing efforts to conserve threatened species and sustainably manage inland fisheries for the welfare of local communities that depend on them.
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