RESEARCH INTERESTS & BACKGROUND:
As an undergraduate at Auburn University, I participated in a number herpetological-related research projects, including surveys between fire restored and fire-unrestored long leaf pine forests and investigating predatory pressures on juvenile five-lined skinks using clay models. These formative experiences lead me to John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH to pursue my Master’s. As a master’s student, I turned my attention to Dendrobatid frogs and investigated the role of coloration in female mate selection in the Strawberry Poison Frog in Costa Rica. I have since shifted my efforts and interests to terrestrial salamanders and I am extremely excited to be starting my Ph.D. at Ohio State with Dr. Bill Peterman.
My research interests are broad, but generally involve understanding the responses of amphibians to climate change. I hope to work in the Southern Appalachian Mountains to assess behavioral and physiological differences of Plethodontid salamanders across an elevation gradient. I also hope to better understand the distribution of such salamanders across multiple aspects of this landscape. I am looking forward to further developing my research ideas and learning as much as possible about amphibian ecology!