I earned a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2015, I began working as a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, monitoring and managing desert bighorn sheep populations in the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts. After years of collaborating with the Epps Lab and the Jolles Lab, I am now working with both to pursue a M.S. in Wildlife Science.
Desert bighorn sheep occupy island-like mountain ranges throughout south-eastern California. At the broadest level, my interest is to better understand the factors that drive variation between populations. Collaboratively, we are exploring topics and questions regarding metapopulation dynamics, connectivity, genetic diversity, immunity, disease susceptibility and population performance. Specifically, my research focuses on diet quality variation across ranges and the impacts of low-diet quality (high stress) periods on individual, and potentially population level, performance.