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I am broadly interested in understanding the  mechanisms underlying the evolution of complex behaviors, and use African cichlid fish as a model to identify the genetic basis for behavioral diversification between species. By harnessing the genetic structure of repeated natural populations undergoing distinct evolutionary selection regimes, we can identify genes that contribute to adaptive behaviors. Additionally, I am interested in the evolutionary dynamics of sex chromosome evolution and genetic basis of diversity in sexually polymorphic traits, including morphology and behavior and reproduction. To fully understand how these processes work, I connect gene expression, epigenetics, tissue-level phenotyping, physiological measures, and organismal performance to develop a systems-level understanding of organismal form and function