I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Maureen Donnelly’s lab at Florida International University. I am broadly interested in research on the drivers of species distributions, population dynamics, and diversity and how populations respond to natural or anthropogenic disturbance. My favorite focal species are amphibians and reptiles and I am primarily interested in the Latin American tropics but I have worked with many different types of organisms in various places in the past. My dissertation research is focused on amphibian and reptile communities in tropical secondary forest in Costa Rica.
I am currently a 2014-2015 Fulbright US student research grantee. My Fulbright grant will help me complete a large portion of my dissertation research as well as participate in outreach activities to help promote scientific education and build scientific capacity in Costa Rica. La Selva Biological Station (one of the stations owned by the Organization for Tropical Studies [OTS]), the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC), and Osa Conservation (Osa) are three of the wonderful organizations helping me achieve my Fulbright goals in Costa Rica.