I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2000 with a degree in ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. I started my natural resources career at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge where I participated in a number of studies including rocket netting and banding tundra swans, fish surveys, black bear hair snares, GIS work and general refuge management.
I first joined the Conway lab in 2002 as a research intern to work on a project banding and tracking band-tailed pigeons, conducting avian point counts, as well as nest searching and monitoring of ground nesting passerines in the Santa Catalina Mountains. I am currently a Wildlife Biologist working on several different projects. I enjoy living in Tucson and working in the diverse habitats that span from the Sonoran desert to the Sky Islands.
Broadly, my interest is evolutionary ecology, but my passion is understanding variation in life history strategies, both within and among species. My dissertation research concentrated on the influence of juvenile mortality on the expression of reproductive strategies. Particularly, how individuals occupying safer environments alter parental care strategies and reproductive effort. Currently, I am examining the ecological conditions that influence stopover site selection for migratory birds. Particularly how vegetative phenology, food availability and predation risk interact with individual condition to influence habitat choices and subsequent behaviors.