I am a wildlife ecologist, specialized in field-based behavioral research. I am broadly interested in animal movement and space-use in group-living animals. By combining longitudinal data with spatial analytical tools, I investigate how demographic change influences home range behavior in groups of white-faced capuchins. My current research focuses on how sleep site locations can be used to leverage historical data from before GPS technology was introduced. Using this knowledge, I plan to investigate how long-term space-use patterns are influenced by group size and balance of power between groups, as well as novel spatial information introduced from immigrants.
IMPRS Doctoral Student at Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz.
Studying movement ecology of white-faced capuchins.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Meg Crofoot, Prof. Dr. Susan Perry, Dr. Brendan Barrett
Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.
Cumulative GPA: 3.884. Cum Laude.
Study Abroad in Wildlife Management Studies at The School for Field Studies in Tanzania.
Wild Horse and Burro Project – Lake Pleasant, Arizona
Nine months as a research assistant with the USGS and Colorado State University tracking
wild burros using radio telemetry, and collecting behavioral and welfare data.
Chipmunk Project - Ruidoso, New Mexico
Two months as a research assistant working with Penasco least chipmunks (Tamias minimus atristriatus) Tasks: set and monitor Sherman traps and camera traps, handling small mammals, taking measurements for identification, collecting tissue samples, administering ear tags, vegetation surveys.
Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project – Bagaces, Costa Rica
Eighteen months through 2016-2017, one month in 2018, and four months in 2019 as a research assistant and field manager for a long-term behavioral project on white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus). Tasks: Collect data using focal follows, ad libitum,
group scans, and phenology protocols, fecal sampling and processing, data editing and processing, training field assistants, supervising data collection.
Bendire’s Thrasher Project – New Mexico and Arizona
Five months as a research assistant for a masters project on Bendire’s Thrashers (Toxostoma bendirei). Tasks: avian point count surveys, identifying western birds by sight
and sound, territory mapping, vegetation surveys, communicating with landowners, navigating to transects, data
EVOTRAC Project – Fort Collins, Colorado
Four months as a research and lab assistant for a PhD project on mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera), and caddisflies (Trichoptera). Tasks: Collecting and identifying steam insects, collecting data on stream conditions, conducting thermal and metabolic experiments in the lab, weighing insects, data entry, data analysis, navigating to field sites.
The School for Field Studies – Tanzania, East Africa
One month of independent research examining wildlife products of traditional medicine used among the Maasai tribe. Tasks: interviewing various members of the Maasai tribe (e.g. elders, traditional
healers, and wildlife managers), scientific writing, literature review, data analysis. Supervisor: Dr. John Kioko.
Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep Collaring – Central Arizona
Two days as a volunteer assistant for a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) collaring effort with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Connectivity Program. Tasks: 1. To work as part of a team to locate
mule deer and bighorn sheep. 2. To help the fixed-wing pilot locate the animals using radio communication and hand signaling from the ground.
Gambel’s and Scaled Quail Project – White Sands, New Mexico
One day as a volunteer assistant for a PhD project on Gamble’s quail (Callipepla gambelii) and Scaled quail (Callipepla squamata). Tasks: box and funnel trapping, handling and
banding, radio telemetry.