My thesis research examines the effects of fall and spring fires on hardwood regeneration and groundflora diversity. This is part of a long term study at the site examining different burning regimes on oak ecosystems. Along with my thesis research I am currently involved in many research projects including population ecology research of Southern Flying Squirrels, population ecology research of Bobcats, Asian carp research, prescribed fire effects on ticks and gastropods, oak regeneration research in Iowa and mussel sampling on the Mississippi River. Through this research I have gained experience in a variety of areas including; trapping/handling of large and small mammals, collection methods for ticks and gastropods, various plant community sampling methods and designing/implementing new research. My main research interests are the effects of disturbances (e.g., wildfire, prescribed fire, invasive species) on floral and faunal communities.