I am an Ecologist, NASA graduate fellow, and Ph.D. candidate in the Lynch Lab at Stony Brook University. I will be moving to the University of Connecticut in October as a postdoc in the Tingley Lab.
My research is broadly focused on understanding how ecological systems are responding to rapid global change, largely using birds as a focal study group. I am particularly interested in the relationship between the timing of key ecological events (phenology), food web dynamics, and demographic processes, and how these relationships are changing over time. These areas of study have implications for better understanding not only the underlying structure of ecological interactions, but also the conditions under which ecological systems may be more vulnerable to environmental change. I am ultimately interested in the relevance of this work both for basic questions in ecology and for environmental management applications.
I approach these problems using a range of techniques (hierarchical Bayesian modeling, quantitative remote sensing, stable isotope analysis) to data derived from a number of sources (field collections, citizen science, satellite sensors, historical records). Current work is focused on the Southern Ocean and temperate North American systems, though I am interested in exploring these questions across a broad range of ecoregions.