I’m a Canadian evolutionary biologist studying for a PhD in the midwestern US. My main research question is how new species are formed, but my academic interests include evolution in general, conservation biology, taxonomy, and ecology. Occasionally I blog about research—mine and others’—but my posts also delve into such topics as Latin, feminism, literature, and all things geeky.
The blog name? Mount Helicon, in Greece, was considered sacred to the Muses, and thus is the metaphorical source of inspiration for poets, musicians, and the like. Its zoological namesake, Heliconius, is a genus of Neotropical butterflies that has become important for studying the evolution of mimicry and speciation. There’s a botanical namesake, too: the false birds-of-paradise, Heliconia.
Hence, the intersection of art and science. And whatever other topics strike my evolutionist, feminist, nerdy fancy.