ABOUT ME

A Michigan native, I attended MSU as an undergraduate in the Department of Zoology. In 2010 I earned a minor in Conservation Biology at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and developed an interest in the human dimensions of wildlife conservation. Intrigued by the more applied approach to understanding human-wildlife interactions, I made the transition to the Fisheries and Wildlife Department for the completion of my Masters Degree. I am now enrolled in a doctoral program in the Department of Geography studying the biogeography of neotropical migratory birds. I have worked with mammals, reptiles, and now birds, but the country, people, and ecosystems of Nicaragua unite my diverse taxonomic interests.  

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Modeling landscape-level human-wildlife interactions in the face of global change 

2017

Master of Science: Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University

Conservation assessment and planning that  acknowledges and accounts for the needs of remote communities

Developing methods to detect elusive species

by testing novel baiting techniques for camera traps

2010 

Minor: Conservation Biology

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

2012

Bachelor of Science: Zoology

Specialization: Environmental Studies

Michigan State University

2016

Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach

Organization for Tropical Studies; Graduate Program

Improving undergraduate learning by using an experiential framework alongside the "flipped" teaching method

Modeling species distributions for threatened neotropical migratory birds

In-progress

Doctor of Philosophy: Geography

University of Nevada, Reno

3D habitat characterization using affordable UAS systems with off-the-shelf equipment

Modeling migration phenology using Modus wildlife tracking technology

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