I love answering (or attempting to answer) cool questions with data. And as much as I love results that provide those answers, I might enjoy designing experiments even more. I also enjoy teaching and actively learning alongside my students. You can learn much more about me by reading the rest of this page and exploring the lab website if you're interested.
SCIENCE AND FAITH
I am an evolutionary biologist and a follower of Jesus. I chose evolutionary biology (and specifically experimental evolution) as a field of study to get a firsthand look at the process of evolution as part of a personal search for truth. After almost 10 years of research, I am continually fascinated by, and an ardent proponent of, evolution and its comprehensive ability to explain the diversity of life on Earth. My quest for truth through the study of evolution has only served to strengthen my faith and allowed me to experience intellectual and spiritual freedom by embracing both faith and science as integral components in my life.
Given my faith and my love of science, it should be no surprise that I have a keen interest in the creation/evolution debate currently ongoing in the United States. I believe that Intelligent Design and certain forms of Creationism threaten to undermine the scientific integrity of science classrooms across the country, while also marginalizing and sabotaging religious faith. I am particularly interested in making science and the scientific method accessible, comprehensible, and nonthreatening to faith-based groups in an effort to preserve scientific integrity and reconcile the fact of evolution with the choice to have faith in the supernatural.
I am profoundly interested in the relationship between science and faith. It is one of my favorite discussion points, so please feel free to email me with your thoughts or comments. I truly enjoy civil discussion and hearing different points of view.
Ken Miller is an excellent scientist and scholar that presents a compelling case regarding the compatibility of science and faith. I highly recommend his work to anyone exploring this topic.
ORGANIZATIONS I SUPPORT
I like cheeseburgers, burritos, and subs more than anyone really should. Here are a few of my favorites:
COLLABORATORS IN LIFE