Through research and science policy, I work to better understand and conserve our planet’s biodiversity and natural environments.
After my PhD I am interested in a career at research field stations and conservation policy/research to continue contributing to the preservation and understanding of the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
I am a currently a Ph.D. Candidate and Miller Doctoral Scholar in Natural History in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Blumstein Lab at UCLA. My dissertation is on the fitness consequences of social group structure. In other words, how does the makeup and pattern of interactions of an individual's social group influence their success. I use a population of yellow-bellied marmots studied since 1962 at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), where I am a Graduate Fellow, to ask these questions. My work has implications for the evolution of sociality, population demographics, and conservation.
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