Craig is an evolutionary genomicist studying the role of lineage-specific selection in shaping unique phenotypes throughout animal taxa. Specifically, Craig is interested in understanding how lineage-specific selection on genes and tissues involved reproduction contribute to the process of speciation.
As a sixth year doctoral candidate working in the lab of Dr. Rob J. Kulathinal in the Department of Biology at Temple University, Craig now uses several bioinformatic and genomic tools to identify candidate genes and characterize their role in driving genetic divergence. Utilizing sequencing techniques learned while receiving his masters studying applied population genetics, Craig has begun functionally characterizing candidate genes using RNAi knockdown assays and high-throughput ethomics to understand the role of differential expression in altering courtship behavior.