About Me

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 seabird islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Ultimately, I found a driving passion for seabirds, these incredible long-lived species who inhabit both terrestrial and marine environments. I decided to pursue graduate school because I wanted to dive deeper into a focused project and data for a longer period. This led me to study seabirds in Galápagos as a PhD student at Wake Forest University.

My first exposure to the Galápagos Islands occurred when I studied abroad in Ecuador in 2008 and I was immediately enchanted with the islands. In 2011, I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer as a field assistant working with Dr. David Anderson’s long-term project studying Nazca boobies on Isla Española in Galápagos. For my PhD research, I worked in this same system to study 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.


Research Experience

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, Cape May, NJ

Monarch Butterfly Technician, Sept. - Oct. 2010

Ecology of Bird Loss, Mariana Islands

Intern, Sept. 2009 - May 2010


Wake Forest University

Ph.D. Candidate, Anderson Lab, 2014 - 2021

Kenyon College

B.A. Biology, 2005 - 2009

SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador

Comparative Ecology & ConservationSpring 2008

Blue-footed booby standing on a rock

In the News

Articles featuring projects where I have worked

Group of Atlantic puffins loafing on a rock