Hi, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Matocq lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. I study differential dietary adaptations of two woodrat species that hybridize across an ecological gradient. We are interested in how these woodrats are adapted to their natural diets – both species consume plants that are know to produce toxic secondary plant compounds (PSCs). We are particularly interested in two sources of these adaptions:
1 – the gut microbiome harbored by these species of woodrats
2 – detoxification genes expressed by woodrats
For more information, follow the links to my CV or publications on our work.