I am an ecologist with particular interests in ornithology (birds) and biogeochemistry (nutrient cycling). Broadly speaking, my research examines wildlife responses to anthropogenic change and subsequent impacts on ecosystems. My PhD research focuses on the interactions between animals and the chemistry of their environments. For example: How does the availability of chemical elements in an ecosystem shape the life history of animals? And, in turn: How do animals shape the structure and function of ecosystems through recycling and redistribution of chemical elements? 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.
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