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Assistant Professor at FIU College of Law. Former VAP at Pace. J.D. and Ph.D. in Genetics from University of Arizona. I have a desire to work at the intersection of science and public policy, updating our laws to better reflect scientific realities. I want to better understand and affect the American system of wildlife conservation from the ground up: from field work and wet-lab genetics all the way up to Congressional Acts and Supreme Court cases.
August 2018 - present
- Courses Taught: Law 402A/502A – Common Law I – SP19 Law 402B/502B – Common Law II – FA18, SP19 Law 454/545 – Environmental Law – FA18, SP19 Law ??? – Chemistry and the Law – FA19
On December 10, 2020, Elisabeth Ann, a black-footed ferret, was born. This was a momentous occasion, as it was the first time a native species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) had been cloned. This is the first major attempt to use biotechnology to aid in the conservation of an endangered species, but it will certainly not be the last....
For centuries, hybridization was a poorly understood evolutionary process thought to be a threat to endangered species. With the advent of genomic technologies, many of those prevailing views are starting to change. Hybridization has become recognized as a key evolutionary process vital for the formation and continued persistence of many species to...
We conducted a population genomic study of the crested caracara (Caracara plancus) using samples (n = 290) collected from individuals in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, United States. Crested caracaras are non-migratory raptors ranging from the southern tip of South America to the southern United States, including a federally protected relict populati...
The original PumaPlex is a high-throughput assay developed to genotype 25 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in pumas (Puma concolor). Here, we describe the development of PumaPlex100-an expanded version of the original assay that now genotypes > 100 SNPs. We tested 142 candidate SNPs and developed a panel of 101 polymorphic loci, which are spr...
Background The isolated population of desert bighorn sheep in the Silver Bell Mountains of southern Arizona underwent an unprecedented expansion in merely four years. We hypothesized that immigration from neighboring bighorn sheep populations could have caused the increase in numbers as detected by Arizona Game and Fish Department annual aerial cou...
Red shiner Cyprinella lutrensis is of increasing management interest as an invasive species which negatively impacts many native fishes throughout North America. Trojan sex chromosome (TSC) carrying individuals could theoretically control invasive fish populations by skewing sex ratios towards 100% male. The efficacy of TSC control programs require...