Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska (2013) – with Varanus komodoensis

I am a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Here, I am studying the host and geographic distribution of both snake fungal disease and a recently described algae-mediated shell disease in kinosternid turtles.

Broadly, I am interested in how biotic and abiotic stressors (i.e., predators, pathogens, contaminants, and environmental variables) affect both individuals and populations. I approach questions concerning the ecology of stressors in an organismal context by incorporating various fields, including behavioral ecology, stress and environmental physiology, ecotoxicology, and disease ecology, all with the goal of conservation of both species and habitat. My research has primarily involved amphibians and reptiles as focal taxa, and I have used both laboratory and field experiments to answer these research questions.