Welcome

Howdy! Thanks for checking out my website.

I am a Ph.D. Biology student in Eli Bridge’s lab at the University of Oklahoma (OU). I am interested in applying interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to studying the ecology, life history strategies, and conservation biology of birds. Connecting people with nature and scientific research are very important to me, and so I aim to incorporate these elements into my graduate research, as well.

While working toward my doctorate, I am pursuing my interdisciplinary research interests through an NSF National Research Traineeship (NRT) Program here at OU. This past spring (2017), I completed the Earth Observation Science for Society and Sustainability (EOS3) interdisciplinary certificate program. This four-course certificate program emphasizes “integration of natural and social sciences approaches to data exploration and visualization while building student competency in interdisciplinary team leadership and communication.” 

Before arriving at the University of Oklahoma, Iworked as a field technician on various bird research projects in South Carolina, Delaware, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Peru. I also worked for 5 years in the leadership and environmental education field. 

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Yellow Warbler. Photograph by William Oakley