Current Research: I am developing a research project focused on investigating fluctuations in arthropod consumption in mouse lemurs within Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. I will use DNA barcoding to inventory arthropod species within the park and arthropod fragments in mouse lemur feces to address this topic.
Entomology: I was part of a four year research collaboration investigating how non-native shrubs influence arthropod communities and bottom-up ecosystem dynamics. I spent two years at the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity (CPMAB) where I participated in many projects including: a DOD funded project investigating the effects of military proving grounds on arthropod communities and several inventories for national monuments and parks.
Botany and Soils: I have worked on a number of vegetative and soils crews focused on regeneration after fire, bark beetle damage and plant adaptations to changing environments.
Primates: I received my Masters in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University in 2017, where I focused on investigating collective decision making in Tibetan macaques in Huangshan National Park, China. For this project, I used social network analysis and structural equation modeling to determine the rules that are used during movement in a group of 50 macaques.
Captive Care: I have worked in a number of captive care facilities. I spent four years volunteering at Wolfwood Refuge, a wolf and wolfdog refuge in Ignacio, Colorado with around 70 animals. I was an intern for six months at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona where I worked in the bird, reptile and small mammal departments. I was then a volunteer for two years at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington and focused on the care of seven chimpanzees.