Bio


I am a quantitative ecologist as my interests lie in linking ecological theory to data across a variety of topics in ecology using rigorous statistical techniques, computer simulations, mathematical models, and (occasionally) my own experiments. In my postdoc I will be working to advance our understanding of how changing land-use affects the spread of Malaria in Peru and Dengue in Costa Rica. My PhD was composed of two primary topics: (1) Understanding the spread of West Nile virus in diverse communities of birds in North America, which included understanding the impact of individual bird species, species richness, and spatial variables such as human population density and habitat type on the spread of WNV; (2) Examining the role of co-infection of micro and macro parasites on the evolution of virulence of the myxoma virus in European rabbits. My previous work has included experiments on individual variation in anti-predator behavior of snails (Physa) to crayfish (Procambarus) and forest ecology. On the side I am interested in improving the use of statistics in the biological sciences.

Apart from my research I spend my time birding, hiking, playing both Go and Magic the Gathering, and listening to metal.

Honors & Awards


  • Best Life Sciences Master’s Thesis completed in 2015, East Carolina University (2017)
  • First Place Oral Presentation, McMaster Graduate Student Research Day (2018)
  • Second Place Overall Oral Presentation, Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium (2019)

Professional Education


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh (2012)
  • Master of Science, East Carolina University (2015)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Pittsburgh (2012)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, McMaster University (2019)
  • PhD, McMaster University, Biology (2019)
  • MS, East Carolina University, Biology (2015)
  • BA, University of Pittsburgh, Economics (2012)
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh, Ecology and Evolution (2012)

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