I received my B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College in 2011, after which I spent two years in the field with a Conservation and Land Management Internship with the Bureau of Land Management in Cedar City, Utah, The Nature Conservancy in Maine, and Bird Research Northwest on the Columbia River in Washington.

I finally settled down to conduct my Master’s research with the Environmental Proteomics Lab at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA studying how environmental rhythms alter the gill tissue proteins in intertidal mussels. I am now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I am researching the physiology and evolution of long-distance migration in birds. I’m particularly interested in the molecular and whole-animal traits that allow migrants to achieve their remarkable feats of athleticism. Contact me if you’re interested in collaborating, setting up some outreach, or just talking birds and nature!