Research Interests and Background
My interests lie at the intersection of spatial ecology and wildlife conservation, with respect to current and impending environmental change. I believe diversity in scope and perspective form the basis of producing robust and reliable research that supports conservation amidst anthropogenic and climatic change. Thus, I am committed to maintaining an integrative outlook on management, accounting for climatic influences on wildlife populations.
I grew up in Southern Indiana and received my undergraduate education from Purdue University. There I became involved in research and developed an interest in spatial ecology by exploring effects of predation risk on spatial patterns of deer mouse foraging activity.
I went on to study the current and future distribution of an endangered rodent, giant kangaroo rats, during my master’s program at Humboldt State University. There my love of spatial analyses strengthened, and so, after serving as a research and lab manager at Clemson University, I moved to Madison to work as a Spatial Ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. There I examined the effects of habitat management activities on wildlife populations across the state.
As a member of the Zuckerberg lab, I will be studying the effects that continental scale variations in climate, or climate dipoles, have on plant and bird populations. This project uses data collected via citizen science and is a part of a larger collaboration with University of Utah and DePaul University.
M.S. Wildlife – Humboldt State University – 2018. Thesis: Evaluating current and future range limits of an endangered, keystone rodent (Dipodomys ingens)
B.S. Wildlife – Purdue University – 2015