I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Jason Rohr in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.
I received my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Miami University under the direction of Thomas Crist. My dissertation focused on the long-term dynamics of terrestrial invertebrate communities in response to biotic drivers of ecosystem change.
The goal of my research is to understand the dynamics of ecological communities and their interactions with ecosystems with an emphasis on terrestrial invertebrates. Currently, my research is focused on the interactions within and temporal dynamics of ecological communities. Specifically, I am working to understand how broad scale dynamics of ticks, host communities, and habitat drive patterns of human tick-borne disease. Additionally, I am conducting a meta-analysis on whether phylogenetic and functional relatedness can predict the outcome of species interactions (an established aim of community ecology). Finally, in collaboration with Drs. Devin Jones, Samantha Rumschlag, and Jason Rohr, I am working to understand the long-term temporal trends of aquatic invertebrate communities.
If you are interested in research collaborations, please contact me.
Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Biology; 2014 - 2019
Miami University (OH)
B.A. in Environmental Science; 2010-2014
Drake University (IA)