I am interested in understanding how anthropogenic contamination influences ecosystems at multiple biological levels (e.g., individuals and communities) in order to enhance conservation, management, and mitigation efforts. I am also broadly interested in natural history and behavior, as well as spatiotemporal, population, and community ecology. My Master’s research at Montana State University focused on the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors on spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) movement, habitats, and nesting ecology. My doctoral work will examine the influence of contamination from oil and gas development on survival and stress physiology of three species of amphibians (i.e., Ambystoma mavortium, Pseudacris maculata, and Rana pipiens) in the Prairie Pothole Region of Montana and North Dakota. I will examine these aspects at three life stages (egg, larvae, and adult) and combine this laboratory-based information with empirical population data to conduct population projection and viability analyses.
Office: Natural Science 105