My research interests lie in understanding the consequences of landscape change for animal populations, and identifying practical solutions to protect and restore the resources that species need to persist. I received my MSc from Kansas State University, where I studied habitat selection by declining grassland-obligate bird species in eastern Kansas. Settlement decisions by birds and other mobile animals likely begin at broad spatial scales; I am interested in understanding how prospecting animals respond to landscape patterns such as habitat area, fragmentation, and attributes of the non-habitat matrix. I am especially interested in understanding how the effect of one landscape pattern on habitat selection is mediated by the effect of another. In September 2017 I will begin my PhD at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, studying the roles of habitat quality and availability in maintaining dispersal networks and metapopulation stability of waterfowl on the country's South Island.