I am an ecologist interested in the influence of land use, climate change, and invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystem function. I use approaches in spatial analysis, modeling, population genetics, and ecological stoichiometry to study both natural and man-made systems. Currently, I work as a lab manager for Dr. Sharon Hall in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Hall's lab explores ecological patterns and processes in human-dominated ecosystems.
Prior to joining the Hall Lab, I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Jeremie Fant and Dr. Krissa Skogen at the Chicago Botanic Garden. During this time, I was involved in projects ranging from the macro to the molecular, and focused in the conservation of sensitive species and their habitats.
Prior to joining the Chicago Botanic Garden, I spent seven years in environmental consulting where my work included conducting terrestrial and aquatic habitat assessments, aquatic baseline and impact studies, habitat mapping using mobile GIS platforms, water quality sampling and analysis, and threatened and endangered species surveys. Over the years I have administered surveys for breeding birds, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals, and have participated in mist-netting surveys for bats. I hold Federal Recovery Permits for two federally-listed species; Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.
I have also worked as a research specialist and laboratory manager for Dr. Jim Elser at Arizona State University. As a research specialist, I managed a high-profile experiment, co-funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, investigating element ratios and nutrient limitation in the Cuatro Cienegas Basin of Mexico. During this time, I also managed experiments with the aim of developing and testing mathematical models of food web dynamics in freshwater systems.
photo credits: Rick Overson, Kortney Kirkeby, Mark Jessop, Duncan Allen, Jeremy Allinson, Matt Bridgeman, Kate Allan, Daniel Chase, Rob Schell, Laura Steger.