I am an ecologist studying the interactions among species
at multiple trophic levels and how those interactions are affected by anthropogenic
changes to the environment. My disciplinary interests are broadly summarized
as community ecology, and I have particular interests in biodiversity,
ecosystem function, predator-prey dynamics, and disease ecology. I like to investigate whether
theory developed in one realm of ecology or in one ecological system works in
other realms or systems. I use experimental, observational, and modeling methods,
because I believe that these appraoches are complementary and together lead
to better understanding of our natural world. I seek both to understand the
basic nature of species' interactions as well as to develop scientific understanding
to provide guidance for land, wildlife, and conservation managers.
I enjoy developing science outreach using techonology and new media.
Along with Ali
Swanson and Dr.
Craig Packer and in collaboration with the Zooniverse,
I am running the Snapshot
Serengeti citizen science project. Volunteers help
us identify African animals in images taken by
camera traps in Serengeti National Park. We will use
the results to study large mammal community structure
and function over space and through time. You can follow
the project's progress on its blog,
Facebook, and on
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, and I am
located at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. on a CIC-Smithsonian
Institution Predoctoral Fellowship. I plan to defend my disseratation in 2013.