My interests are in community ecology, conservation, and evolutionary ecology. My work combines field experiments and quantitative models to understand the maintenance of biological diversity and predict species responses to global change. I tackle these interests through the lens of seed dispersal by studying the nature of the seed dispersal mutualism, its influence on species coexistence, and the consequences of its disruption. The long-term goals of my work are to provide empirical and conceptual advances that inform effective conservation of ecological interactions and ecosystem processes within novel and human-impacted systems.
In my current position as a postdoctoral researcher with Haldre Rogers at Iowa State University, my work focuses on the ecological consequences of seed disperser loss in the Mariana Island chain with the Ecology of Bird Loss Project. I am originally from northwest Montana, graduated from Bowdoin College in 2011, and completed a PhD at the University of Washington in 2015.