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The natural world is a beautiful one. Over the past few years, I’ve traveled over snow-covered mountains, vast deserts, endless coastlines, and towering forests; I’ve seen first hand the wonderful intricacy of earth’s ecological processes and the brilliance of its biodiversity. I’ve watched a newborn monkey take it’s first steps across the canopy, and I’ve gotten an up-close look at a calf of one of the most endangered baleen whale species from the deck of a research vessel. It’s things like these - experiences that stick with you for a lifetime, narratives only nature could write - that instill in me a desire to learn as much about this earth as possible.
I graduated from Baylor University in 2011 with a degree in biology. While I was there, I explored a subset of ecological disciplines, including dendrochronology and mammal diversity, and after graduation, I packed up and moved to South America to assist with an ongoing behavioral research project focusing on the Bolivian grey titi monkey. These experiences collectively helped me recognize my interests in mammalian behavior.
I'm currently working on my Ph.D. at Syracuse University with Dr. Susan Parks. My dissertation research focuses on the acoustic and spatial behavior of male harbor seals during the breeding season and the impact that anthropogenic noise has on these behaviors. Feel free to read more about my research here.
Even though grad school doesn't leave me with much spare time, I like to spend my extra minutes in the gym or outside with my beautiful puppies. I love good music, good beer, and panoramic mountain views.