After graduating from my undergraduate institution, Kenyon College, I explored a variety of science fields by doing seasonal field work for the government, academia, and non-profit organizations. I bounded through wetlands in Ohio and Colorado, forests in Guam and South Carolina, and remote islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Ultimately, I found a driving passion for seabirds, these incredible long-lived species that inhabit both terrestrial and marine environments. I started my PhD with Dr. David Anderson at Wake Forest University, taking advantage of a long-term project studying Nazca boobies on Isla Española in Galápagos. Under a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, I examined how individual and environmental variables affect the foraging performance of these long-lived seabirds. I completed my PhD in 2021. Read more about my research investigating different aspects of their foraging behavior.
Currently, I am a Research Scientist with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. I apply similar spatial analyses from my research with Nazca boobies to a new system: ungulates. My work there focuses on mapping and researching ungulate migrations across the western United States. When I’m not analyzing ungulate GPS data, I enjoy writing about cool new science studies. I also love to hike outside as much as possible, birdwatch, take photos, and bake!
A sample of my positions post-undergrad
USFWS, Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Crew Leader, Nov. 2013 - May 2014
National Audubon Society, Project Puffin
Supervisor, May - Sept. 2012, 2013
Intern, May - Sept. 2011
Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art
Saw-whet Owl Field Technician, Oct. - Nov. 2011
Cape May Bird Observatory
Monarch Butterfly Technician, Sept. - Oct. 2010
Ecology of Bird Loss, Mariana Islands
Intern, Sept. 2009 - May 2010
In the News
Articles featuring projects where I have worked
PhD, 2023: New study takes a high-level look at Nazca boobies' breeding. Wake Forest News.
PhD, 2020: Citizen science project tracks blue-footed boobies on social media. Wake Forest News.
Study Abroad, 2019: A different feather. SIT Ecuador alum Jenny Howard studies seabirds.
PhD, 2017: Two brothers want to save boobies by turning your feet bright blue. Audubon.
USFWS, 2015: One remote island's battle against acid-spewing ants. Audubon.
Project Puffin, 2013: Living simply to save Seal Island's Puffins. NBC News.