My Scientific Background:
My name is Nick Crawford, I’m both an author and a computational biologist. I have a PhD from Boston University, and I did Postdocs at both the California Academy of Sciences and The University of Pennsylvania. Working in the Tishkoff lab I investigated the genetic basis of pigmentation in African people. Previously I’ve studied a diversity of genera including Anolis lizards and Heliconius butterflies.
I’ve also contributed to a number of studies employing phylogenomic approaches to investigate core questions in vertebrate systematics. I helped develop a type of phylogenomic marker that uses target enrichment to capture ultra conserved regions (UCEs) and their variable flanking sequence. I’ve used these markers to investigate questions in mammalian, reptilian, and avian evolution.
I’m also an Author:
Together with my wife I write urban fantasy novels under the name CN Crawford. If you’re interested in strong female protagonists and brooding byronic love interests, we’ve got you covered. I’m also starting to work on a techno-thriller.
- I live in Burlington, Vermont
- Email: NGCrawford[at]gmail.com