I'm currently in Kenya collecting fecal samples from
spotted hyenas (Crocuta
crocuta). The goal of my work is to measure gene
flow within and among protected areas throughout Kenya. In
particular, I hope
to detect the presence/effects of human barriers to gene flow among the
sampled populations. I'll be returning to the lab in December
to begin genetic analyses.
On a broader scale, I'm interested in human-carnivore
landscape genetics, and conservation.
As an undergraduate at Columbia University, I completed a senior thesis
focused on the habitat preferences of bobcats (Lynx rufus)
in southern Virginia. With the help
of Dr. Marcella
St. Germain, Hunter Stuart, and the personnel of Fort Pickett, I
utilized trail cameras and remotely-sensed data to determine those
third-year Ph.D. student
at Michigan State University. I was born and raised in
my undergraduate at Columbia University, and came back to Michigan to
study under Dr. Kay Holekamp.