Publications

(2018). Mother-calf diving behavior in Shark Bay bottlenose dolphins. In Animal Behaviour.

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Experience

The Humane Society of the United States

Wildlife Policy Intern. 2018 - Present.

Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project

Postdoctoral Fellow. 2018 - Present.

Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project

Graduate Student Researcher. 2013-2018. Studied bottlenose dolphin behavioral ecology, specifically behavioral responses to various environmental stressors.

Queensland Large Shark Tagging Program

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.

Dr. Christine Drea's Lab at Duke University

Research Assistant. 2011-2012. Collected data from behavioral studies examining the effects of hormones, olfactory cues, and female dominance in several species of Eulemur.

Behavioral Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS)

Field Assistant. 2011. Assisted with land-based surveys and behavioral observations of Australian Humpback whales during seismic surveys.

Dr. Elizabeth Brannon's Lab at Duke University (now at the University of Pennsylvania)

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.

Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz

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.

Dr. Dov Sax's Lab at Brown University

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.

Dr. Ruth Colwills's Lab at Brown University

Research Assistant. 2009-2010. Conducted studies determining the effects of PCBs on Zebra Fish development and behavior.

Dr. Jamie Seymour's Lab at James Cook University, Cairns

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.

The Lohmann Lab at the University of North Carolina

Research Associate. 2008. Assisted with a study determining the use of geomagnetic fields in navigation by Loggerhead sea turtles.

Volunteer Work

The Humane Society of the United States

District Leader. 2018 - Present. District Leader for North Carolina’s 6th congressional district.

City Wildlife

Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer. 2014 - 2017. Assisted with the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife.