Research interests Research in our lab is focused on contemporary evolutionary responses to environmental change, particularly in the context of roads and runoff contaminants. We use field, lab, and computational techniques to address diverse questions about local (mal)adaptation and conservation. Our interests lie at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. While these two disciplines have been viewed traditionally as distinct approaches to explaining the natural world, biological organisms know no such divide. To advance our knowledge beyond this constructed dichotomy, I incorporate theoretical and applied insights and approaches from both of these disciplines to answer questions about the responses of organisms to our ever-changing environment. In particular, I study the consequences of roads and runoff on wetland dwelling amphibians. For amphibians, roadside habitats can be extremely harsh places to make a living. In the northeastern US, these wetlands can accumulate enough salt from winter deicing to classified as brackish water. This is not something most amphibians are accustomed to, and it is not without consequence. For example, wood frog and spotted salamander eggs laid into these environments typically have 20 and 35% lower hatching success than those laid into wetlands located several hundred feet away from the road. In spite of this profound consequence, I have found that roadside populations of the spotted salamander are locally adapted to these conditions. This evidence suggests that these populations are evolving in tempo with severe environmental change.