Here, I'm holding an Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island—the largest of the Channel Islands in southern California. I studied this island endemic bird for my Ph.D. research.

Here, I'm holding an Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island—the largest of the Channel Islands in southern California. I studied this island endemic bird for my Ph.D. research.

I hold a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University and serve as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey's Fort Collins Science Center. I also occasionally work as a freelance writer in my spare time. 

My research is focused on understanding how environmental variation shapes the ecology and evolution of birds. My postdoctoral research applies genomic sequencing technology to quantify large-scale evolutionary divergence in the White-tailed Ptarmigan, an iconic alpine bird that is vulnerable to climate change. My colleagues and I aim to delineate distinct units for conservation within the species and to identify environmental and landscape features that promote evolutionary divergence. In past projects, I have worked to document local adaptation in response to fine-scale habitat heterogeneity, assess environmental factors driving population demography, and apply stable isotopes to track migratory birds.