My research focuses on the evolutionary mechanisms underlying adaptation and speciation using birds as model systems. I am particularly interested in combining molecular and morphological approaches with field-based experimental techniques to understand the causal link between phenotype, genotype and the factors promoting their evolution.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Alexander Badyaev's and Dr. Renee Duckworth's labs at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where I study rapid adaptation of beak morphology in the house finches.
I completed my PhD at the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals in Novosibirsk, Russia in Dr. Alexander Yurlov's lab. For my PhD and several consecutive years as a research associate at ISEA I studied mechanisms of reproductive isolation between two hybridizing white wagtail subspecies.