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!
My research lies at the intersection of landscape ecology, disease ecology, and animal physiology. My research interests stem from my overarching questions about how land-use change and climate change shape animal energetics, movement ecology, and behavior. Currently, my research questions include:
I am particularly focused on applying concepts of landscape ecology, such as landscape connectivity or habitat configuration, to questions regarding animal physiology, specifically behavioral responses to thermal stress. I also have broader interests in disease ecology, specifically the relationship between disease and animal energetics, and spatial epidemiology. I operate at the junction of theory and empiricism in my research, and combine field data with ecological modeling techniques. I believe that in order to properly test our ecological hypotheses, we must immerse ourselves in the system to understand the assumptions, which can be later simplified through model for broader applications.
When I'm not excitedly programming in R, I like to kayak, dabble in nature photography, and bake cupcakes!
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- August 2017: Our paper using bipartite networks to capture landscape complementation of thermal and forage resources in a habitat selection framework was published in Landscape Ecology and is now available online!
- July 2017: I received an NSF Research Exchange grant to travel to New Zealand!
- March 2017: Our first winter field season collecting bat data was a success!
- November 2016: I moved to Montana and start my post-doc at MSU/WCS.
- July 2016: I defended my dissertation - and got a post-doc!
- June 2016: I attended the Next Generation in Database Management and Animal Movement workshop in Davie, FL, in which I learned how to SQL code in PostgreSQL!
- April 2016: I presented the results from my second dissertation chapter at the US International Association for Landscape Ecologists in Asheville, NC.
- January 2016: I taught my 2nd intermediate R workshop on FOR loops & functions.
- December 2015: I attended the 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals and presented a poster on the results of my first chapter.
- November 2015: Our paper on linking stress hormones to metabolic rate and body mass in mammals was accepted into Biology Letters and is now available online!
- September 2015: Our paper on the energetic consequences of mange in gray wolves was accepted into Ecology!