BEHAVIORAL LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY
& CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
ABOUT THE SCIENTIST
I am an ecologist with a focus in field-based studies with conservation applications. I have a strong interest in questions at the intersection of landscape ecology and animal behavior (i.e., behavioral landscape ecology) such as animal movement ecology in heterogeneous and changing landscapes. In particular, I am excited about and motivated to understand the implications of research in behavioral landscape ecology for the conservation of special status species in the face of climate change and other anthropogenic environmental stressors.
#STAYSTRONG & SQUIRRELY
Sadly, the spread of the COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways, including the cancellation of this year's Suds and Science, a public outreach event hosted at a local brewery by the University of Florida's Wildlife Graduate Student Association. Instead, I'm sharing some of my outreach materials developed for this event here (above)! For the videos referenced in poster, go to this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6X3g6TJW7g&list=PLa1EfYFlpYnxWtx42v9MduGVhykJ0pwka
I have been conducting biological field work for the past 13 years, when I started as an undergraduate student in Dr. Nick Haddad’s lab at North Carolina State University in my home state. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Bob McCleery's lab at the University of Florida and co-advised by Dr. Mike Conner at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in GA. (However, as of summer 2020, I have relocated to Asheville, NC, where I will be finishing my degree remotely.) In 2015, I completed my Master's degree with Dr. Monica Turner’s Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the ~3 years before starting graduate school, I worked as a biologist (mostly in California) on a variety of projects with the federal government, UC-Berkeley, and other organizations (see Experience).
Recent projects and positions: