I am a wildilfe ecologist and Ph.D. student in the Ecology program at the University of California, Davis. I am studying wildlife movement ecology, behavioral plasticity and the impacts of environmental change. I am investigating these aspects on both passerines and sea turtles, using data from stable isotopes and biologging tags such as satellite telemetry and GPS.
I received a BS and MS in Biology from U.C. San Diego where I studied habitat fragmentation and edge effects on native species. I’ve spent over 14 years working both around the country and abroad in the conservation ecology field. This experience has included surveying nesting songbirds in the expanses of sage at Grand Teton National Park, co-authoring a guidebook on Madagascar birds while at Conservation International in D.C., searching for new species in the Malaysian rainforests, and living and working in Australia where I sorted through seafloor samples from Antarctica. Since 2011, I've been contracted to the U.S. Geological Survey focusing on sea turtle research
where we investigate animal movement behavior and conduct spatial analyses.
I’ve presented research in scientific publications and at conferences. I have been the first author on two scientific articles, co-authored 14 others, a book chapter, and two poster presentations. I recently had the honor of being named a National Geographic Explorer.