About me: I grew up hiking and camping in the northeast which helped instill a love of the outdoors which was further cemented during a vacation to Yellowstone National Park where I developed a passion for wildlife photography. Soon my interests grew to encompass wildlife research, setting me down the path to becoming a conservation biologist.
Area of Research: I am currently a PhD student with Scott Mills, interested in quantitative ecology. Although I am still in the process of finalizing my dissertation focus, it could include quantifying long term population trend estimates through structured decision making, possibly of tigers in India.
I recently completed a MS quantifying effects of a restoration treatment of Western Larch stands on snowshoe hare vital rates and behavior. I also identified a “phenologic cascade” whereby the effects of one circannual phenology (larch needle phenology) is linked to another (snowshoe hare molt), through snow cover.
Career Goal: I hope to become a wildlife researcher either as a professor or as a federal scientist.
Cornell University: B.S. in Biological Sciences and Natural Resources (double major) with Distinction in Research – 2011
North Carolina State University: MS in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology – 2015
Other interests/activities: I generally enjoy most activities that get you outside including (but not limited to) hiking, biking, backpacking, wildlife photography, fishing and hunting. I am enjoy basketball and am an avid Boston sports fan.