I am the Undergraduate Project Leader and Research Specialist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, as well as a Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut. Trained as an ecologist, I also study education and science communication. I collaborate with researchers from a variety of disciplines, including: ecology, journalism, education, and communications to create effective training, as well as the tools needed to evaluate the effectiveness of training. As science and technology become increasingly intertwined in everyone’s lives, the importance of teaching scientists to communicate with the general public cannot be overstated.
When not working on education and science communication research, I am an integrative ecologist and conservation biologist with a range of interests. However, I am most interested in the mechanisms of species range limitations and how disturbances (climate change and habitat fragmentation) influence species distribution patterns and extinction processes.
My research focuses on using an integrative approach to understanding parrot distributions; the ecology, biogeography, and assembly of vertebrate communities; and extinction in parrots and parasites. My goal is to bridge the divide between ecological theory and on-the-ground conservation in order to make the best possible decisions not just for now, but for the future as well.