I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the causes and consequences of genomic conflicts. Currently, I am a Wenner-Gren Fellow at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, hosted by David Haig.
I work on the genomic conflicts that arise from selfish genetic elements promoting their own transmission at the expense of other genes in the genome. I develop theory and comparative analyses to understand how and why such conflicts occur and what they can tell us about the evolution of cooperation more generally. My works is also deeply rooted in the history and philosophy of biology, and I am currently writing a book on the gene’s-eye view evolution, also known as selfish gene theory (under contract with Oxford University Press).
I did my PhD work on transposable element and genome size evolution with Stephen Wright at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Throughout my time at U of T I was a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Before that I read biology at the University of Edinburgh.