During my undergraduate career at the University of Idaho, I discovered a passion for research and worked with a variety of study systems and species ranging from bats to ants to kangaroo rats. Through my work, I was able to spend time in Costa Rica, the Mojave Desert, and southern California, and Ecuador, cultivating my interest in international collaboration and research.
In 2019, I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Wildlife Resources. I was awarded a Fulbright grant to study arctic ecosystems and marine biology in Denmark and Greenland. This is when I fell in love with marine science, and I was able to conduct a project on the effects of kelp gull disturbance on southern right whales in Argentina using drone footage. After my time in Denmark and Greenland, I lived in Italy and worked with Oceanomare Delphis Onlus to conduct acoustic and behavioral cetacean surveys in the Tyrrhenian Sea. I also completed internships with LeopardSeals.org, contributing to a photo-identification database, and the British Antarctic Survey, where I worked with Dr. Jennifer Jackson to research historical whaling in the Indo-Pacific.
My research interests are wide-ranging and include bioenergetics, habitat use, foraging ecology, and the effects of disturbance. I joined the VEL in Fall 2021 and my current research is focused on the physiological ecology of emperor penguins at Cape Crozier, Antarctica. I also work part-time as one of the Front Desk student assistants at MLML. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEM, and enjoy a lot of outdoor activity in my free time!