About Me

I am a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Catherine Lindell. I am interested in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and ornithology. I have done research in Texas, Michigan, Kansas, Vietnam, and Panama. My Master's thesis focused on herbivory and seedling ecology of a threatened prairie plant, Mead's Milkweed. Now I'm back to bird work, studying avian ecosystem services in tropical forest restorations.

Left: Me with an Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides).

What's that background photo?

I took this photo of forest restoration plots in the MamonĂ­ Valley of Panama. The road pictured winds through former pasture land degraded by overgrazing. Today, the property is being managed as a sustainable timber plantation, contributing to the local economy while protecting soils and creating wildlife habitat.