Ph.D. Candidate   |   Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and PhD Candidate at NC State University, where I am advised by Dr. Martha Burford Reiskind. My research goals constantly evolve but tend to center on marine and coastal conservation. I am interested in quantifying how environmental changes impact demography and behavior. My PhD research explores these themes in hawksbill sea turtles.

My current work focuses on a hawksbill nesting population in Antigua and Barbuda. I collaborate with Dr. Seth Stapleton and the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project, combining original fieldwork with analysis of historical data from a 30-year longterm dataset. To date, I have worked to describe the impacts of coastal Sargassum seaweed accumulation on nesting, quantify the effects of an invasive beach plant on nesting ecology, and evaluate the nest microsite conditions that affect incubation temperature (and, thus, temperature-dependent sex determination) and hatching success. Newer work extends into foraging and migratory ecology through the use of satellite tracking and stable isotope methods.

In addition to my core hawksbill research program, I collaborate on other projects covering a broad range of taxa and research questions. These help me to maintain interests in animal movement modeling, spatial ecology, restoration ecology, urban ecology, and human dimensions. I also focus a lot of my efforts on education, outreach, and mentorship – check out my Outreach & Education Page for more, including details on my Fulbright Fellowship activities in 2018.

 

About me — 

I grew up in coastal New Hampshire, went to college in St. Petersburg Florida, and moved to Raleigh in 2016 after 3 years of working field jobs. I try to maintain a balanced life by playing and following sports, cooking, and exploring natural areas.