Staff Profiles

Kaiya Provost

PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Kaiya Provost is a Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Brian Smith. She earned her Bachelor’s at Cornell University studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology before moving to do her Master’s at Columbia University, also with Dr. Smith. Her broad research interests include phylogenetic systematics, behavioral ecology, biogeography, and computational biology.

      Kaiya’s dissertation focuses on examining the nuances of speciation across biogeographic barriers. She is particularly interested in understanding how variation in individual organisms within populations interacts with higher-level processes such as diversification, as well as how differences in barriers themselves cause different organisms to speciate. Allopatric speciation is thought to be the major mode of diversification, but there are numerous examples of populations that fail to diverge across otherwise potent biogeographic barriers. Her work will combine next-generation sequencing, behavioral assays, ecological modeling, and morphometrics. With these techniques, a better understanding of what causes speciation will be possible.

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    Teaching Experience