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 in conservation policy/research working to preserve the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in 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 effect their success. I use a population of yellow-bellied marmots at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Colorado to ask these questions. My work has implications for the evolution of sociality, population demographics, and conservation.
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