Bio


Research Projects

1. Jasper Ridge Bird Banding Station - I run a year round bird banding station at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. The main goals of this project are to estimate productivity and survivorship among the neotropic migrants that breed at JRBP and track demographics along a gradient of fragmentation to assess the relative importance of JRBP in the context of surrounding riparian corridors.

2. Amphibian Fungal Pathogens - My study looks at the impacts of microhabitat conditions (temperature, soil temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and vegetation) on the distribution of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in a wild population of California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus).

3. Applications of Coexistence Theory in Seabird Nesting Colonies - I use Modern Coexistence Theory as a framework to understand how seabird colonies in the Atlantic Ocean maintain species diversity. I collect behavioral and reproductive data in these colonies to test hypotheses derived from theory.

4. Effects of Cultural Restoration on the Conservation of the Endangered Hawaiian Stilt - My study aims to link the effects of cultural restoration of native Hawaiian fish ponds to the conservation of the Hawaiian Stilt as a mutually beneficial process.