Current Research

I'm currently in Kenya collecting fecal samples from spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). The goal of my work is to measure gene flow within and among protected areas throughout Kenya.  In particular, I hope to detect the presence/effects of human barriers to gene flow among the sampled populations.  I'll be returning to the lab in December to begin genetic analyses.

On a broader scale, I'm interested in human-carnivore conflict, landscape genetics, and conservation.

Past Research

As an undergraduate at Columbia University, I completed a senior thesis focused on the habitat preferences of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in southern Virginia.  With the help of Dr. Marcella Kelly, Mike St. Germain, Hunter Stuart, and the personnel of Fort Pickett, I utilized trail cameras and remotely-sensed data to determine those preferences.

About Me


I'm a third-year Ph.D. student at Michigan State University.  I was born and raised in Michigan, spent my undergraduate at Columbia University, and came back to Michigan to study under Dr. Kay Holekamp.