In 2016, I graduated with my B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. After graduating I promptly moved from my home state of Tennessee to Ellensburg, Washington, and quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. I earned my M.Sc. in Biology from Central Washington University in 2018. My thesis focused on small mammal community dynamics, interactions, and microhabitat use at a wildlife crossing structure beneath Interestate-90 near the Snoqualmie Pass Summit of Washington’s central Cascade Range. I have had some incredible opportunities to research wildlife in the field from the Oregon coast, Cascade Ranges in Oregon and Washington, and the Yukon territory of northern Canada.
I joined the Epps lab in fall 2020 to pursue a Ph.D. Wildlife Science at OSU. My project is focused on metapopulation dynamics, connectivity, genetic diversity, and disease ecology of desert bighorn sheep. I am excited to join the team, dive into a new focal species and system, and continue learning more about mammalian ecology. Stay tuned!