Research interests. My interests lie in understanding the consequences of landscape change for wildlife populations, and identifying practical solutions to protect and restore the resources they need to persist. My MSc research is focused on assessing the roles of broad-scale spatial factors in driving habitat selection behavior of declining grassland birds in the Great Plains. Specifically, I am using statistical models to quantify the effects of landscape composition, habitat fragmentation, and fire on species abundance, site occupancy probabilities, and metapopulation dynamics. After completing my MSc in mid-2017, I hope to pursue a PhD project rooted in landscape ecology and population biology.
Bio. Originally from Chicago, I earned a BSc in Biology with concentration in Wildlife Ecology from Montana State University in 2010. After completing my undergraduate degree I worked as a field assistant on more than half a dozen wildlife research and conservation projects across the United States, and contributed to studies in Central America and Australia. During this time I developed a special interest in avian ecology while working with iconic species such as the Greater Prairie-Chicken, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Northern Spotted Owl. I began pursuing a MSc in Biology within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology research group at Kansas State University in 2015, studying patterns of habitat selection by the notoriously enigmatic Henslow's Sparrow and other grassland dependent species.