I grew up in Lexington, North Carolina and earned my B.S. in Natural Resources at Oregon State University. I just finished my M.S. at Montana State University studying the use of agricultural fields as nesting habitat by a grassland songbird, the thick-billed longspur.
I am interested in conservation of species and ecosystems in the face of change, particularly climate change and human alteration. My research interests include population ecology, movement ecology, predator-prey dynamics, conservation genetics, and wildlife-habitat relationships. I enjoy linking applied and theoretical ecology as it is my goal to improve our understanding of the natural world while informing management and conservation efforts. My PhD research will focus on understanding recovery of reintroduced American marten populations in the Great Lakes Region. I will use genetic and movement data to assess the viability and connectivity of marten populations across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.