Peace, Love, Bats!
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Montana State University, working with Drs. Raina Plowright (MSU) and Sarah Olson (Wildlife Conservation Society) on a project assessing white-nose syndrome (WNS) in western bat species. We are using a mechanistic survivorship model based on host bioenergetics, pathogen growth, and environmental conditions to help predict the impact of WNS and identify those species that are highly susceptible. Check out the Bozeman Disease Ecology lab website to see all the current research our lab is doing!
In general, my research focuses on spatial ecophysiology - or how spatial patterns of environmental conditions shape animal processes. My interests stem from my overall questions about how land-use change and climate change shape animal behavior and influence their energetics. I have also dabbled a little in stress physiology and the energetic effects of disease on wildlife.
When I'm not excitedly programming in R, I like to kayak, dabble in nature photography, and bake cupcakes!
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