I am currently a first year Masters student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying breeding grassland birds. I am interested in applied ecology for the direct benefit of wildlife conservation. I am passionate about birds and inspired by their strategies for surviving in anthropogenic landscapes. I research questions of habitat quality, which are increasingly important as the amount of land and the number of species it can support continues to dwindle. Therefore, I work to increase the quality of habitat through management to mitigate biodiversity loss.
I have the experiences necessary to undertake this research. First, I served as a grassland bird field technician in summer 2016, searching for nests and identifying prairie plants. Second, I have significant experience handling birds through my previous work as a licensed New York wildlife rehabilitator.