Murray State University
I was fortunate to grow up in an area of the country where several geographic features converge leading to high levels of biodiversity. From a young age I was captivated by natural history and I gravitated towards organisms that I could catch and photograph, primarily the herpetofauna. This passion for zoology and herpetology was something that I retained into adulthood. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a pilot for several years before the allure of science drew me back to my roots once again in pursuit of a master’s degree. I’m interested in an integrative approach to biology across scales from molecules to ecosystems, with an emphasis on physiological ecology and disease ecology. I’m also interested in the interface between the conservation of biodiversity and the implications for public health. My hobbies include reading, nature photography, scuba diving, flying airplanes, and spending time with my family.