Although born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, it has been easy to call Wyoming my new home. I graduated with a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University, after which I was a field technician with the Chicago Botanic Gardens Conservation Land Management program in Oregon. I then joined an internship program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s GIS lab, which fostered my continuing fascination in all things related to movement ecology. From there, I joined the Kauffman lab as a GIS technician and began my MS with the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Department of Zoology and Physiology in 2017.
My research is focused on the movements of pronghorn and mule deer, particularly along Interstate-80 in Southern Wyoming. I’m interested in providing insight to better understand how anthropogenic development affects ungulate movement and behavior, and how we can mitigate these effects using grounded science. As such, my interests and research collaboratively hinge upon movement, behavior, landscape and restoration ecology.
When not crashing my computer or listening to music at dangerous volumes, I enjoy getting outside however and whenever. I enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, backpacking, canoeing, skiing and playing music.