M.S. (Environmental Science and Policy): George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), 2013
B.S. (Biology, Neuroscience): Simmons College (Boston, MA), 2005
My research interests include many aspects of evolutionary biology including population genetics, phylogenomics, and phylogeography, as well as methods for sequencing DNA from suboptimal material including non-invasive (e.g. scats and shed hair), ancient (e.g. osteocrusts, skin, or claws from museum specimens), and environmental (e.g. water or soil) samples. I am also passionate about science outreach and education and increasing representation through mentoring of underrepresented minorities and women.
I am currently a PhD candidate at George Mason University and a fellow at both the Division of Mammals, NMNH, and the Center for Conservation Genomics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The primary focus of my dissertation research is to understand how the complex geological and geographic history of Wallacea and New Guinea shaped patterns of mammalian diversity, using the marsupial family Phalangeridae as a model. I hope that my work will not only lend insights into the historical biogeography of Wallacea and New Guinea, but also help to set conservation priorities in the region.
Campana, M.G., Parker, L.D., Hawkins, M.T.R., Woodroffe, R., Maldonado, J.E., Young, H.S., Helgen, K.M. and Fleischer, R.C. In press. Genome sequence, population history, and pelage genetics of the endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus). BMC Evolutionary Genetics.
Maldonado, J.E., Young, S., Simons, L.H., Stone, S., Parker, L.D., and Ortega, J. 2015. Conservation genetics and phylogeny of the Arizona shrew in the "Sky Islands" of the Southwestern United States. Therya. 6(2): 401-420.