Growing up in Florida and learning that all the animals I loved the most were non-natives sparked my interest in how organisms move into and thrive in novel environments. Specifically, I am interested learning how various selection pressures interact and lead to morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptations.
Currently, I am a Graduate student at Clemson University working in the Blob lab. Here my research focuses on how the environment interacts with an organism's biology to influence escape performance in a pretty interesting group of stream fishes called gobies!
As an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida I worked on several projects in the Parkinson Lab, including rattlesnake phylogeny and examining relationships between polymorphism and distribution in the Eyelash Palm Pitviper (Bothriechis schlegelii).
I was also fortunate enough to participate in an REU based out of Avila University in which we examined relationships between physiology and foraging behavior in two species of Bahamian lizards (Leiocephalus carinatus and Ameiva auberi)