I am a PhD student in the Terry Lab at Oregon State University. My passions include small mammal ecology and natural history collections. I am excited to combine these interests as I study small mammal morphometric responses to climate change during my time at OSU.
I completed my BS at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and spent the following few years tromping around forests and deserts collecting data for science. I later earned my MSc. at Humboldt State University, where I mapped the distribution of the giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens), trapped them throughout their range, and developed new non-invasive methods of determining whether they are present at a given location.
After my masters I had the pleasure of serving as the HSU vertebrate museum's collection manager for a year, in conjunction with teaching a mammalogy lab. During that year I had the honor of admiring and teaching the taxonomy and morphological characteristics of creatures ranging from whales to wallabies. I have never been so happy to come home from work smelling like dermestid beetles.
In addition to nerding out over mice and bones, I love to spend time outside hiking, camping, birding and biking. I also like to cook and bake, and will someday finish knitting the sweater I started months ago.