Currently researching marbled murrelet ecology.
I am a wildlife biologist and post-doctoral researcher working through the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Olympia, WA and the US Geological Survey's Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR (where are am based). My current research focus is analyzing decades worth of data from marbled murrelet audio-visual surveys, largely associated with clearance for timber harvests, with the aim of increasing our understanding of the population trends and distribution of this enigmatic seabird. Much of my past experience in the field of wildlife biology has centered around northern spotted owls and the conservations challenges posed by the arrival and expansion of the barred owl throughout the northern spotted owl's range. Prior to my career in wildlife biology, I served for 6 years in the US Navy, where I was a mechanic on nuclear reactors abroad an aircraft carrier. Although I was born in southern California, my father was in the US Army, and I spent most of my childhood moving between the northeast US and Europe. In my free time I enjoy cycling (both on road and trail), fishing (mostly by fly), native plant gardening, and spending time with my family and dogs. I'm often involved with The Wildlife Society in one way or another at any given time, and also volunteer to with a dog rescue focused on Boxers. I love working with students, so feel free to contact me to see if I might have any research opportunities available, or just to talk science and careers. I'm keen to serve on graduate committees, having just completed my PhD in 2023. So if you think I might be able to help in your growth and development as a scientist or wildlife biologist, please do reach out!
PhD - Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, 2023
MS - Natural Resources, Wildlife, Humboldt State University, 2016,
BS - Wildlife with a Minor in Applied Statistics, Humboldt State University, 2012
Fulbright Pre-doctoral Scholar - Spain, 2020 National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellow, 2015