Current Projects

An evolutionary perspective on sociopolitical and sociosexual polarization
With: Todd K. Shackelford, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Melissa M. McDonald, & Leif E. O. Kennair


Ejaculate adjustment and nonconsensual sexual activity
With: Andrew M. Holub, Todd K. Shackelford

Investigating whether some men produce higher-quality ejaculates when primed with stimuli depicting nonconsensual sexual activity.

The sociosexuality of romantic couples
With: Tara DeLecce

Investigating the way relationship dynamics may or may not influence ejaculate quality.

With: Katarzyna Pisanski


Investigating Plasmodium falciparum proteins
With: Fabia Battistuzzi

Among the many genes in Plasmodium falciparum, some are more likely than others to allow the pathogen to successfully infect its host and escape the immune system. We are interested in understanding the evolutionary mechanisms that drive changes in these genes that allow plasmodium to be a very effective pathogen. Once these mechanisms are known, we may be able to manipulate these genes to improve drug and vaccine success against malaria.