I grew up in Washington and earned my B.A. in environmental studies from
the University of Washington. After graduation, I stayed at UW to work in a
medical research laboratory in between summer field jobs. I spent one
summer assisting with a bottlenose dolphin monitoring project in the United
Kingdom and another summer working with the Forest Service near Mt. Shasta.
It was during this experience, while working on spotted owl monitoring
and other projects, that I fell in love with Northern California.
Now I am a member of Tim Bean's spatial ecology lab, where I will be
studying porcupines. My primary research interests are wildlife ecology
and climate change, including questions about what factors limit species'
ranges and how to model climate change responses. With porcupines, I hope
to study seasonal habitat selection along the North Coast as it compares to the
rest of their range and potentially address causes of recent population
fluctuations in the area.