My dissertation focuses primarily on the relationship between gadine fishes, fisheries, and climate change.
The family Gadinae, a clade that includes such economically important species as the Atlantic cod Gadus morhua and haddock Merlangius aeglefinus, has an uncertain future. The subarctic and arctic, where these fish occur, rank among those regions projected to be most vulnerable to climate-change-induced ecosystem shifts. Understanding the biogeographic history of the clade is key to understanding potential range responses of these species to climate change. Fortunately, a rich body of genetic and geographic data is available for this group, making it an ideal system to develop a comprehensive ecological and evolutionary context in which to understand the biogeography of these species.
Stay tuned as I (hopefully) make progress in this exciting field.