BEHAVIORAL LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY
& CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

RESEARCH

I consider myself a behavioral landscape 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.

Current projects

PH.D. DISSERTATION
 
An integrative study in the behavioral landscape ecology of Sherman's fox squirrels: implications for animal conservation in a changing world

Advisers: Dr. Bob McCleery and Dr. Mike Conner
Research project webpage

Previous projects

MASTER'S THESIS (2013-2015)
 Effects of wildfire on spatial variation in animal foraging on lodgepole pine seeds and potential implications for post-fire forest regeneration in the northern Rockies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adviser: Dr. Monica Turner

The larger Turner Lab research project

Recent grants and scholarships

2020
African Safari Club of Florida Scholarship
University of Florida Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship
University of Florida Courtney A. Tye Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship
2019
University of Florida (UF) Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Graduate Travel Grant
UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grant
2018
University of Florida (UF) Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Graduate Travel Grant
UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grant
2013-2018
National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

 
2016
University of Florida (UF) Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Graduate Travel Grant
 
UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Travel Grant

Howard Hughes Research Scholars (HHRS) Program (2007-2010)
 

The effects of human landscape modification on amphibian movement and habitat choice

North Carolina State University
Mentor: Dr. Nick Haddad

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (2009)

 

Distribution and infection patterns of the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) affecting boreal toads of southeast Alaska

 

 


University of Alaska Southeast
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Moore

Previous project involvement

The Carrizo Plain Ecosystem Project
University of California - Berkeley

 


SRS Corridor Experiment

North Carolina State University

 


Atrytonopsis new sp.1, aka “The Crystal Skipper”

North Carolina State University

 


Rearing St. Francis satyr caterpillars

North Carolina State University

 


Connectivity for Rare Animals in Longleaf Pine Woodlands

North Carolina State University

FAQs

 

What is landscape ecology?

Landscape ecology (sometimes also called spatial ecology) is a sub-discipline of ecology that is interested in understanding the causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity (i.e., variation) in ecological patterns and ecological processes. There are two components to landscape heterogeneity: composition (e.g., how much of a certain type of habitat is present) and configuration (the spatial arrangement, e.g., of that certain type of habitat). For example, understanding both the amount of farmland area and its spatial arrangement may be important to explaining nutrient cycling in rivers due to the contribution of nutrients from agricultural runoff.

 

What is behavioral ecology?

Behavioral ecology refers to the study of the ecological and evolutionary causes of animal behavior with the general goal of understanding the fitness consequences of behavior. There are many different areas of research within behavioral ecology, which focus on topics like competition for resources, parental care, mating systems, social behavior, and communication. Understanding the behavior of animals can help explain many ecological patterns and processes.

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