In the Hopkins Lab we believe the strength and excellence of our community stems from our diversity of identities, experiences, and perspectives. STEM, and specifically the field of evolutionary biology, suffer from systematic prejudices and lack of diversity. In our lab we actively work to create an anti-racist, feminist, anti-discriminatory community that values and empowers our unique and diverse voices. We strive to achieve scientific excellence through respectfully communicating, supportively collaborating, and actively listening. Our motivation to study evolutionary biology comes, in part, from the need for conservation and environmental justice, which we see as intimately tied to social justice. We believe understanding the evolution and ecology of biological diversity requires valuing diversity in our community.