I am an ornithologist/ecologist with interests in biogeochemistry, tropical ecology, and freshwater ecology (to name a few). My research mainly focuses on understanding wildlife responses to anthropogenic change and impacts of biodiversity loss on ecosystem function. I am largely motivated by issues of conservation and sustainability, and strive to conduct basic and applied research that improves the way we understand and protect biodiversity.
I am currently a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Cornell University advised by Dr. Alex Flecker. I received my BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecology from Western Washington University. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a GIS Lead for Cascade Water Alliance, a municipal water supply corporation in the Puget Sound region. I have worked various outdoor jobs in the past, and find much of my inspiration out in the field. I grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State and will always call the Pacific Northwest home.