Who am I?

I am a wildlife and disease ecologist currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Evan Grant (USGS Patuxent Research Center, S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Lab, Turners Falls, MA) and Dr. David Miller (Department of Environmental Science and Management, Pennsylvania State University). My current position focuses on using Structured Decision Making (SDM) to help inform State, Federal, and Provincial management agencies on how and where to target management actions for wildlife diseases such as white-nose syndrome (WNS) and salamander chytrid fungus (Bsal).

I am excited about my current postdoc as it is a completely new field for me! Over the last 10 years my research has focused on the ecology and behavior of small mammals and amphibians on topics such as foraging, competition, invasive species interactions, and most recently, the affects of WNS on community structure and species susceptibility and survival.

Academic Appointments:

    • 2017 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Pennsylvania State University, Advisors: Dr. Evan H. C. Grant (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) & Dr. David Miller (PSU)
    • 2015 - 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Advisors: Dr. Emma Willcox (UTK) & William Stiver (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

Academic Background:

    • 2011 - 2015: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Advisor: Dr. Gary McCracken
    • 2008 - 2011: MSc in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii Hilo, Advisor: Dr. William Mautz
    • 2003 - 2007: BSc in Environmental Studies: Science focus, Linfield College