Research Interests and Background
I was raised in suburban south Florida, directly adjacent to the Everglades. In Florida I developed a deep interest in wildlife that transformed to a more general fascination with ecology and conservation. I earned my degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating from UW I went to south Texas to earn my Master’s in Marine Science from the University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute. At UT my thesis was largely focused on how regional climate change and associated vegetation shifts influence changes in avian biodiversity and trophic interactions.
My research interests are broadly housed within community ecology, global change ecology, and macroecology. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how climate change and alterations in land cover govern patterns and modulate shifts in biodiversity across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Furthermore, I aim to use information gained from detecting major drivers of contemporary biodiversity change to predict future outcomes and provide critical conservation planning insight.
Aside from a multitude of topics in ecology that interest me, I enjoy backpacking, fly fishing, birding, traveling and playing ice hockey.
Research in Winter Biodiversity
As part of the Zuckerberg and Pauli lab I will be joining a collaborative effort to investigate how climate change and snow cover dynamics influence the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of winter biodiversity (specifically, birds and mammals). My PhD will predominately focus on 1) creating high resolution species distribution models of cold-adapted species across the United States using relevant predictors derived from a variety of climate and dynamic snow indices, 2) identifying hotspots of high winter biodiversity, and 3) integrating long-term avian and mammalian datasets to investigate shifts in winter biodiversity across the United States. This work will serve as a basis for investigating the effectiveness of the current network of protected areas on conservation of areas that have both large variability in snow cover dynamics and high winter biodiversity.
B.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2017.
M.S. Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin, 2019. Thesis: Impacts of regional climate change and climate-mediated vegetation shifts on coastal avian community dynamics and trophic interactions.