Born on the south side of Chicago Illinois, I spent the majority of my childhood and adolescence abroad living variously in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. I received my B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago in 1982 and my Ph.D. in 1991 again in biology from Yale University. My research interests are in evolutionary biology and my career has focused on molecular evolution and using molecular methods to investigate evolutionary processes. In 2001, I came to Idaho to manage the Laboratory for Conservation and Ecological Genetics.