My current master's research focuses on understanding the ecology, conservation, and life-history of bats. I'm especially interested in investigating the impacts of white-nose syndrome and local climate on reproductive females and juvenile mass of southeastern bat species. My overall goal is to combine field data with ecological modeling techniques to answer questions about how climate change and disease shape the energetics of hibernation and reproduction.
When I'm not out in the woods mist-netting for bats I spend most of my free time hiking, rowing, or watching Lord of the Rings. I spent the majority of my childhood moving from one state to another until attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as an undergraduate. There I received my B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management with minors in International Agriculture and Natural Resources and Forestry. I am currently a graduate research assistant in Dr. Catherine Haase's Lab at Austin Peay State University pursuing a master's degree in biology. I hope to pursue a career as a professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at a research university in the future.