Although a New Yorker by birth I grew up in Texas. After receiving my Bachelor’s from the University of Texas I moved around the country working on a variety of mammal research projects. I then earned my M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Virginia Tech studying ocelot density in Belize. Since then I’ve worked with coyotes in Chicago, mule deer in Oregon and more recently teaching college ecology courses in Belize, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest. Although my ecological interests are varied, I specialize in carnivore population dynamics and conservation. As a new PhD student I’ll be working with Kevin Crooks studying the population dynamics and recovery of Channel Island Foxes and Spotted Skunks on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.