I'm a birder, natural historian, science storyteller, & above all else, an aspiring ornithologist currently based at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. In pursuit of a Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Major with a minor in History of Science, I am at the helm of an ornithological research career. Right now, in addition to my responsibilities as a student, I am working as an undergraduate researcher under the direction of F. Keith Barker
, and also helping to manage the Bell Museum of Natural History's bird research collection as a curatorial assistant.
In the long-term, my research aim is to explain the remarkable avian diversity we observe all around us, utilizing knowledge spanning from natural history to genetics to citizen science to mathematical modeling. I am particularly excited by where ecology and evolutionary biology intersect. Birds provide an ideal system to explore this intersection in that they exhibit remarkable traits, a wide range of evolutionary processes, and potential for extensive interactions between species. Putting these three pieces puts us down an sparsely travelled road toward broad insights about the what produces and
In addition to my research interests, I'm also deeply passionate about science communication, about the intersection of art and science, and about connecting people to their local biodiversity through outdoor adventure.