I am interested in the community ecology, demography, and management of carnivores, particularly as it relates to a changing climate and environmental perturbations. My master’s research was centered on behavioral interactions between racoon and coyote, as well as spatial variation in the microbiome of Michigan’s coyotes across the state.
My current PhD research will focus on fishers (Martes pennanti) in the southern Sierra Nevada. I am investigating the demography. dispersal, and dietary shifts of these populations using a variety of genetic-based kinship and isotopic approaches, among others. Intensive drought has further threatened the already limited numbers of fishers in the west coast, and I hope that our work will help to better inform future management decisions to preserve these populations.