I am a USDA NIFA post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University in the lab of Grace Wilkinson. My Ph.D. was completed at Arizona State University under the supervision of James Elser and John Sabo. I completed my B.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research in general aims to understand the evolution of functional trait variation and link this variation to ecosystem processes. I have worked in a variety of systems, but I primarily test these questions in desert fishes, eutrophic lake zooplankton, and Neotropical aquatic communities. To learn more about my specific research interests, visit the research page of my website.
Aside from my own research, I am actively involved in efforts to disseminate scientific results to broader audiences. To that end, I am co-hosting a monthly podcast for the Society for Freshwater Science which discusses current high-profile aquatic research with the scientists behind the work. I have also worked with ASU’s School of Life Sciences outreach team to help edit science audiocasts and participate in the award-winning Ask-A-Biologist program. I’m also committed to broadening inclusion of underrepresented groups in freshwater science.
In my free time I enjoy birdwatching, hiking, breeding threatened desert fishes in aquaria, photography, and the occasional 64-oz. cup of coffee!