I am a quantitative ecologist interested in disease dynamics, community and population ecology, and species conservation.
To mimic natural hierarchical systems, I develop hierarchical Bayesian models, and I exploit data collected over space and time to separate ecological and observational processes to answer ecological questions.
My research program focuses on unifying ecological and evolutionary theory to address fundamental questions in disease ecology using field, experimental, and quantitative approaches.
Population & Community ecology
Broadly, I am interested in understanding how disturbance impacts population dynamics and community composition.
One type of disturbance are disease outbreaks. In this case, we might expect that different species would respond differently to disease infection, where differences are reflected in population dynamics; and that there may be some commonalities across species-responses at the community level.
Advanced quantitative approaches
Broadly, I am interested in understanding how imperfect host detection influences parameter estimation and inference, while taking advantage of commonly collected data (i.e., data from populations where individuals are not individually marked).
I develop novel Bayesian hierarchical models using detection/non-detection or count data to accurately and precisely estimate parameters that are comparable to estimates generated from data collected by marking individuals, which can be costly and labor-intensive.
Visiting scientist– United States Geological Survey
July 2019- present
Collaborating with: Amphibian Research Monitoring Initiative
Pennsylvania State University
July 2019- present
Collaborating with: Dr. David A. W. Miller
National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow
University of California, Santa Barbara
January 2017- June 2019
Collaborating with: Dr. Cherie Briggs
Post-doctoral research associate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
July 2016- Present
Collaborating with: Dr. Elise Zipkin
Ph.D University of Maryland, College Park, MD Sept 2011- May 2016
Program: Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics
Thesis: Community and population level effects of disease on a Neotropical amphibian community
Advisor: Dr. Karen R. Lips
B.S University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Sept 2007- May 2011
Biological Sciences, Honor’s Program
Honor’s Thesis: The Late Devonian Extinction characterized by Brachiopods from Cameron, NY
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Bush