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 am currently working towards my MSc at Kansas State University, where my work is focused on assessing the roles of different landscape patterns in driving habitat selection by declining bird species in the world's largest remaining tallgrass prairie system--the Flint Hills ecoregion. Settlement decisions by migratory birds and other mobile animals likely begin at broad spatial scales; I am interested in understanding how species respond to landscape patterns such as habitat area, fragmentation, and features of the non-habitat matrix. One of the goals of my MSc work is to identify causal pathways where the effects of one pattern on a species response are mediated by effects of another. To address my research questions, I am using statistical models to relate species occurrence, site-occupancy dynamics, and abundance to landscape patterns assayed across multiple spatial scales. In mid-2017 I will begin my PhD at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, studying thresholds in habitat quality and availability for maintaining dispersal networks and metapopulation stability of waterfowl on the countries South Island.