I’m currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Pacific Lutheran University. I received my PhD from the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, where I studied with Dr. Brian Todd. Subsequently, I worked as a research scientist at the non-profit organization EcoHealth Alliance and conducted postdoctoral studies in the lab of Dr. Brooke Maslo at Rutgers University.
My research focuses on the conservation and disease ecology of wildlife. I aim to produce information that can guide applied conservation efforts and improves our understanding of infectious diseases in both wildlife and humans. Recently, I’ve also become interested in the impacts of the global wildlife trade. I pursue this research in part through collaboration with the Viral Emergence Research Initiative (VERENA). Increasingly, I’ve worked towards research transparency and reproducibility by employing open source tools and posting materials publicly using GitHub.
Teaching is a reward in its own right and also serves to reinvigorate my research program. Previously, I served as an adjunct research scientist within Columbia University’s department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, where I taught statistics for ecology and evolution. And as a graduate instructor at UC Davis, I led an undergraduate discussion course on the social construction of nature and wilderness. Check out that syllabus here.
Use this site to learn more about my work, or take a look at my Google Scholar.