Curriculum vitae

Up to date as of 12 Aug 2021. For a hardcopy version, please contact me. See also my scientific publications, writing portfolio, and interviews/media appearances.

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Ph.D. – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences, studying evolutionary biology as part of Dr. Olle Pellmyr’s lab. April 2011.

B.S. – Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. Major in environmental science, minor in chemistry. Graduated magna cum laude. April 2004.


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Experience in population genomics and genetics, field biology, phylogenetics, geographic data collection and analysis, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and statistical analysis, and publication design and production.


Aug 2017 – present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, California State University, Northridge. See also the Yoder Lab website.

Aug 2015 – Jul 2017: Postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Sally Aitken’s lab at the University of British Columbia, studying the population genomics of local adaptation to climate in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) and interior spruce (Picea glauca, P.engelmannii, and their hybrids) as part of the AdapTree project.

May 2011 – Aug 2015: Postdoctoral associate in Dr. Peter Tiffin’s lab at the University ofMinnesota, studying the population genomics of the plant-rhizobium mutualism in the model legume Medicago truncatula as part of the Medicago Hapmap Project.

Aug 2005 – May 2011: Doctoral research in Dr. Olle Pellmyr’s lab at the University of Idaho, involved in field collections, ecological experiments, population genetic and phylogenetic analysis of DNA samples and plant morphological data for NSF-funded study of coevolutionary divergence in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)and its pollinator moths (Tegeticula spp.).


Aug 2017 – present: Faculty of the Biology Department, CSU Northridge. Prepared and taught

  • Flowering Plant Systematics, BIOL 406 — upper-division course in angiosperm systematics and evolution, with lab and field trip components. (Spring 2018-20)
  • Evolutionary Biology, BIOL 322 — core-curriculum advanced course in evolutionary biology, covering population genetics, evolutionary ecology, and phylogenetics. (Fall 2019-21)
  • Theory in Ecology and Evolution, BIOL 615 — graduate seminar in the use of mathematical models in ecology and evolutionary biology. (Fall 2020)

Jan 2013, 2014: Faculty of the Citizen Science Program, Bard College.

Current funding

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2020: An inventory of adaptive genomic diversity of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia sensu lato). Revive & Restore, Wild Genomes proposal. Collaborative with Moisés Expósito Alonso, Carnegie Science Institution. $70,415.

2019: Understanding the ecological and genomic bases of local adaptation in an obligate pol- lination mutualism. NSF Division of Environmental Biology, Rules of Life. Collaborative with Christopher I. Smith, Willamette University. $1,549,012, with $436,696 to CSUN.

Awards recieved

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2016: Postdoctoral research presentation award, EVO-WIBO 2016.

2015: Delill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, Genetics Society of America.

2015: Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Award, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.

2011: Diane Haynes Memorial Award for outstanding dissertation, University of Idaho College of Science.

2011: Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies.

Synergistic activities

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Department and campus

May 2018 – present: CSUN Scholarship Project Explorer working group

Sep 2017 – present: EEB area representative, Biology Executive Committee

Sep 2017 – present: Biology Greenhouse Committee

Sep 2017 – present: Faculty advisor, CSUN Queer STEM club

Apr 2018: Review chair, Bob and Doris Tracy Memorial Graduate Fellowship

Mar 2018: Review committee, Newhall Southern California Ecology Grant

Jan – Apr 2018: Queer in Your Career planning committee, CSUN Pride Center

Academic community

Feb 2016 – present: Associate Editor, Molecular Ecology

Sep 2012 – present: Blog editor and contributing writer for The Molecular Ecologist

Apr 2015 – Aug 2016: Broader Impacts Steering Committee, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Aug 2006 – June 2007: Delegate to the University of Idaho Graduate and Professional Students Association Senate

Peer review: Refereed papers for The American Journal of Botany, The American Naturalist, Evolution, Evolution and Ecology, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, the Journal of Heredity, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Molecular Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Systematic Biology, and TRENDS in Ecology andEvolution. See also my Publons reviewer profile.

Professional memberships: Society for the Study of Evolution since 2006; American Society of Naturalists since 2008; Genetics Society of America since 2014; National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals since 2014; Botanical Society of America since 2015.