About

I am a Ph.D. student in the Zipkin Lab at Michigan State University. My dissertation work is focused on assessing seabird distributions as part of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species [GoMMAPPS]. I collaborate with partners at USFWS and USGS to develop study design approaches for at-sea aerial surveys and models to estimate the factors influencing seabird distributions and abundance. Prior to my Ph.D. work, I received my M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech where I studied seabird behavior and demography. I am broadly interested in understanding how global change is expected to affect the distributions and population dynamics of different species using birds as a focal study system.