I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown Univeristy with the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project. I recently obtained my Ph.D. in Biology studying the social and behavioral responses to environmental stressors in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Australia while working with Dr. Janet Mann. I’m also currently a Widlife Policy Intern with The Humane Society of the United States.
I am interested in using science to better inform conservation and animal welfare policies. I also have a strong interest in data science with 5 years of experience with R. I am currently based in both Washington, D.C. and Durham, N.C.
PhD in Biology, 2018
ScB in Biology, 2010
Wildlife Policy Intern. 2018 - Present.
Postdoctoral Fellow. 2018 - Present.
Graduate Student Researcher. 2013-2018. Studied bottlenose dolphin behavioral ecology, specifically behavioral responses to various environmental stressors.
Research Intern. 2012. Assisted with tagging large shark species (primarily Bull sharks) along the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Also assisted with necropsies and performed a Stable Isotope Analysis on 200+ tissue samples.
Research Assistant. 2011-2012. Collected data from behavioral studies examining the effects of hormones, olfactory cues, and female dominance in several species of Eulemur.
Field Assistant. 2011. Assisted with land-based surveys and behavioral observations of Australian Humpback whales during seismic surveys.
Research Assistant. 2011. Assisted with a numerical cognition study in Rhesus macaques at two field stations in Puerto Rico (Cayo Santiago and Sabana Seca). Assisted with multiple studies examining numerical cognition in multiple lemur species at the Duke Lemur Center. Also developed and managed a match-to-sample vs. non-match-to- sample study in lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.
Research Intern. 2010. Helped establish and manage a discriminative learning set study with a juvenile California sea lion and a transitive cross-modal study with an adult California sea lion. Also assisted with acoustic studies examining the impacts of noise on pinniped hearing.
Honors Thesis Research. 2009-2010. Examined all 480+ species of shark to determine if common biogeographical patterns are applicable. Honors thesis titled: Titled Biogeographyof Shark Species Worldwide.
Research Assistant. 2009-2010. Conducted studies determining the effects of PCBs on Zebra Fish development and behavior.
Research Assistant. 2009. Observed the changes in growth and spot patterns of a juvenile Leopard Shark and assisted with collecting acoustic tracking data for multiple megafauna species on the Great Barrier Reef.
Research Associate. 2008. Assisted with a study determining the use of geomagnetic fields in navigation by Loggerhead sea turtles.