I study urban wildlife ecology. Specifically, I’m interested in how human disturbance impacts wildlife space use, community structure, and interspecific interactions. My thesis research examines interactions between humans, red foxes, and coyotes in Lincoln, NE, to better understand spatiotemporal partitioning of canids in urban and rural areas, and the role humans play in shaping intraguild carnivore interactions in anthropogenically altered landscapes. Prior to beginning my research in the Benson Lab, I gained experience as a wildlife technician studying population dynamics of deer, loggerhead sea turtles, nesting raptors, black bears, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and gray foxes. I aim to increase our understanding of urban wildlife ecology to equip management agencies and the public with knowledge on how we can best coexist with wildlife in urban landscapes.
BS: Environmental and Sustainability Sciences – Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY