2014 Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2010 M.S. in Evolutionary Biology; University of Chicago.

2008 M.A. in Biology; Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. (Cal Tech courses)

2006 B.A. in Biology; Occidental College. (UK exchange, Univ East Anglia 2004)


2012. Field Museum of Natural History, Lester Armour Grad Fellow, $26,000 stipend/yr (2012-2013).

2009. U.S. Department of Education, GAANN Training Grant in Evolutionary Environmental Biology, $30,000 stipend/yr (2009-2011), P200A090336.

2004. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Undergrad Summer Fellow, $200 project, $4150 stipend.

2002. Occidental College, President’s Scholarship, $50,000 for tuition (2002-2006).


2018. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Thematic Pursuit, “The death and life of biodiversity: Modeling extinction and resilience on islands” (co-PI with Siobhán Cooke, Liliana Dávalos, Alexis Mychajliw, & Angelo Soto-Centeno), 3 meetings of 15 people (>$30,000, 2019-2021).

2016. Instrumentl, crowdfunding grant, “The super-sized genomes of desert vizcacha rats” (PI with Ben Evans and Agustina Ojeda as co-PIs), $978 from 12 donations.

2014. Royal Ontario Museum, Schad Conservation Grant, “Integrating ecological and economic tools for sustainable conservation: Mammals as indicators of ecosystem and societal health in the Dominican Republic” (co-author with Burton Lim as PI), $30,000 (2014-2015).

2011. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG), “DISSERTATION RESEARCH Fossils and phylogeny: investigating the timing of diversification in a diverse lineage of Neotropical rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea)” (co-PI with Bruce Patterson as PI/PD), $15,000 (2011-2013), DEB-1110805.

2011. University of Chicago, Hinds Fund (Committee on Evolutionary Biology), “Time, species, and morphology: investigating the diversification of a diverse lineage of Neotropical rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea),” $1000.

2010. American Society of Mammalogists, Grant-in-Aid of Research, “Diversification of the South American rodent superfamily Octodontoidea: enhancing temporal and phylogenetic resolution with a complete suite of genera,” $1290.

2009. Field Museum of Natural History, Pritzker Laboratory, “Timetree of Neotropic rodents,” $2000.

2005. Norris Foundation, Norris Scholars Fellowship, “Molecular phylogenetics of the dark kangaroo mouse, Microdipodops megacephalus,” $3000 project, $8000 stipend.

2004. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Undergraduate Research Grant, $500 project, $600 stipend.

2003. Occidental College, Academic Student Projects Research Grant, $300 project.


2019. Art in Research Competition, Yale Office of the Provost, 1st place in two categories and Overall Best Entry for ‘Species-level relationships of mammals’ (Figure 1 here).

2018. North American Rodents Landscapes Ecology & Evolution (NARLEE) Working Group, providing rodent evolution expertise in 30-person RCN of geologists, modelers, and biologists.

2017. IUCN, appointed as Taxonomy Advisor of the IUCN Small Mammal Specialist Group.

2016. American Society of Mammalogists, appointed as Chair of the Mammal Biodiversity Committee.

2015. IUCN, appointed as member of the IUCN Small Mammal Specialist Group, South America Team.

2014. American Society of Mammalogists, elected to Board of Directors (2014-2017).

2012. American Society of Mammalogists, A. Brazier Howell Graduate Student Honorarium for “Diversification and biogeography of a major lineage of Neotropical rodents (Caviomorpha: Octodontoidea)” (including plenary session invited talk).

2006. American Society of Mammalogists, Undergraduate Student Research Honoraria for “Phylogeography of the dark kangaroo mouse, Microdipodops megacephalus”.

2006. Occidental College, graduated magna cum laude in Biology.

2005. Occidental College, Kurata Student Award for Outstanding Senior in Biology.


Society of Systematic Biologists, early career travel award (2017).

American Society of Mammalogists, Travel Awards (2016-2018, 2014, 2010).

Occidental College, Graduate Student Travel Awards (2008, 2007).



2016-. Chair, Mammal Biodiversity Committee, American Society of Mammalogists.

2017-. Taxonomy Advisor and Member (since 2015), IUCN Small Mammal Specialist Group.


American Society of Mammalogists, ASM (2005-present): Board of Directors (2014-2017); Conservation Committee (2012-present); Mammal Biodiversity Committee (2016-present); Systematic Collections Committee (2011-present)

American Society of Naturalists (2013-present)

Society of Systematic Biologists, SSB (2009-2011, 2013, 2017-present)

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (2014-2015)

European Society for Evolutionary Biology (2013)

Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos, SAREM (2012-2014)

Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia, SBMz (2012-2013)

Society for Conservation Biology, SCB (2012)

American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS (2006-2010)


2019. Organizer and moderator of the discussion section “Synonyms: can we find durable solutions to name-based biodiversity data?” at the 3rd Annual Digital Data Conference (iDigBio).

2019. Co-organizer of the featured symposium "Mammal diversity from GenBank to the RedList: Challenges and rewards of integrating museum specimens in global databases of genetics, taxonomy, and spatial biodiversity" at the American Society of Mammalogists, 99th Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.

2019. Co-organizer of the workshop "Hackathon for the Mammal Diversity Database" at the American Society of Mammalogists, 99th Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.

2015. Co-organizer of the featured symposium "The Last Remaining Caribbean Mammals: Conservation Priorities and the Historical Context of Extinctions in an Island Biodiversity Hotspot" at the American Society of Mammalogists, 95th Annual Meeting; Jacksonville, FL.

2009. Organizing committee, Darwin / Chicago Symposium, University of Chicago.


Publons profile

Manuscript referee for American Midland Naturalist (2012), BMC Evolutionary Biology (2014 [x2]), CheckList (2017), Conservation Biology (2018), Ethology, Ecology & Evolution (2014), Evolution (2018), Global Ecology and Biogeography (2019 [x2]), Historical Biology (2017), Journal of Biogeography (2014, 2017 [x2]), Journal of Mammalian Evolution (2013), Journal of Mammalogy (2013, 2014 [x3], 2015, 2018, 2019), Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2016 [x2]), Journal of Zoology (2012), Mammalia (2017), Methods in Ecology & Evolution (2018 [x2]), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2014 [x2]), Organismal Diversity & Evolution (2016), PLoS One (2013, 2019), Zootaxa (2012, 2015, 2017).

Grant referee for FONDECYT-Chile (2017).