Email: amacp[at]zoology[dot]ubc[dot]ca

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I don’t like math. I love math. Particularly, as applied to evolution and population genetics. I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where I am working with Dr. Sarah P. Otto.  My thesis focuses on coevolution in the context of infectious disease. I explore how coevolution affects disease dynamics and vice versa, how coevolution affects our ability to identify disease genes, and how coevolution between parasites and the host immune response determines the dynamics of co-infection.  I also enjoy pondering a diverse set of evolutionary questions in topics including hybridization, local adaptation, parallel evolution, and adaptation with gene flow. I was introduced to population genetics and evolutionary modelling by Dr. Scott L. Nuismer at the University of Idaho, U.S., where we worked on several theoretical and statistical models in evolution.