I am a research professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), Director of Genetics of the Bat Ecology & Genetics Lab and Ancient DNA Lab, and am an associate director of NAU’s Pathogen and Microbiome Institute. I employ a variety of tools in genetics and ecology to understand population biology and natural and evolutionary history of organisms. A uniting theme is how flora and fauna function in natural systems and are impacted in human-altered ones. I enjoy pairing degraded DNA (feces, ancient, environmental) with emerging technologies to answer difficult questions. My favorite questions have a management component and involve species that are scientifically intractable because they are cryptic, rare, or endangered. I work with many excellent collaborators and enjoy a global perspective to my research, having spent seven years overseas in various research contexts.