I am an interdisciplinary scientist that specializes in movement ecology and life history strategies of birds. I completed my undergraduate education in marine biology and zoology at Humboldt State University in Northern California and followed up with a M.S. in Ecology from San Diego State University in Southern California. Currently, I am a PhD candidate researcher at the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Dr. Eli Bridge. I study larids and their allies, a group that includes terns, gulls, and skimmers because I think they can be important bio-indicators of changing resource dynamics in the environment. Species that live longer, such as most species in this group, may not be able to develop micro-adaptations in response to climate change. Instead they seem to develop behavioral mechanisms to compensate for aspects of environmental variation. It is a passion of mine to unearth these interesting life history trade-offs that allow for the survival of these species.
I have six ongoing research projects: 1) Nest site selection and life history strategies of terns and Black Skimmers in the Peruvian Amazon. 2) Documenting migration in the Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans, 3) Unraveling space use for the Black Skimmer using GPS telemetry and time geographic approaches in New York, 4) Gull-billed Tern diet and foraging dynamics in Southern California, and 5) Determining rates of juvenile survival of the Black Skimmer in Southern California. My 6th project is a collaboration with Dr. Patricia Sczcys from Eastern Connecticut State University to look at population dynamics of the Black Skimmer across the Americas.
Aside from the research, I am a catmom with two handsome boys, Tank and Maverick; and I am an amateur photographer. Most of the photos you see here are my own.