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 I study habitat selection by declining grassland-obligate bird species in eastern Kansas, home to the world's largest remaining tallgrass prairies. 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. To address my research questions, I am using statistical models to relate species occurrence, site-occupancy dynamics, and abundance to multi-scale measures of landscape heterogeneity. In mid-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.