Associate Professor of Biology
I joined the Westminster Department of Biology in the fall of 2018 after eigth years as a professor at Allegheny College. I teach Bioinformatics Explorations, Foundations of Microbiology, and introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors. My research is in the areas of Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics, which means I use DNA sequences and computational analysis to study population genetic structure and change over time. My current projects include looking at the genetic health of Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer population, assessing the genetic diversity of cats from several European countries to establish a database for veterinary forensic use, and trying to determine the closest extant relative of the nearly extinct Ventura Marsh Milkvetch plant to aid in recover efforts.