I hold a Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University and am currently working as a news intern at Science Magazine in Washington, D.C. I received journalism training as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow and have written stories for major media outlets like National Geographic, Slate, and Science. I have also provided consulting support for scientists and organizations interested in honing proposals, manuscripts, presentations, and press releases.
My past work as a scientist centered on understanding how environmental variation shapes the ecology and evolution of birds. My Ph.D. research uncovered surprising patterns of evolutionary divergence within a bird endemic to a single island. My postdoctoral research applied genomic sequencing technology to look at evolutionary divergence in the white-tailed ptarmigan, an iconic alpine bird that is vulnerable to climate change. In past projects, I also worked to assess environmental factors driving population demography, to apply stable isotopes to track migratory birds, and to understand the impacts of timber harvest on wildlife species.