I am beginning work with Cameron Aldridge and Larissa Bailey to investigate environmental drivers of lizard distributions within the Great Plains. A native of Kansas, I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University in 2000. After working for the USDA NWRC in Ft. Collins for 2 years, I moved to Minnesota where I studied river otters for my M.S. in Biology. I have worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife for almost 7 years, primarily related to black-footed ferret conservation and estimation of occupancy of swift fox in Colorado. My research interests include habitat degradation/fragmentation, animal movement and habitat use, survey methods, and distribution patterns – all as they relate to conservation and land management. In my free time I’ve studied short-horned lizards on the Shortgrass Steppe LTER, including microhabitat use, movement patterns, probability of survival, and influence of prairie dogs and patch burns on site occupancy. My wife Laura is a 3rd year student in Veterinary Medicine at CSU; we both enjoy hiking, landscape/wildlife photography, and relaxing with our 2 cats. I’ve raced bicycles for 19 years and enjoy riding/racing when I have time!