I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology & Microbiome Research at the University of Oklahoma and a Research Associate at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. My work is at the intersection of ecology, paleontology, and conservation biology.
Genomes, bones, and sediments hold clues to how organisms responded to changes in the past. I apply a diverse methodological toolkit to reconstruct the ecological histories of presently threatened species and the ecosystems in which they live, and place these results in a conservation context.
I employ toolkits that can accommodate data from fossil, historic, and modern specimens, such as stable isotopes, DNA, morphology, and species distribution models. I conduct fieldwork that includes both excavations of Pleistocene/Holocene sediments and non-invasive surveys of extant mammals. Natural history collections provide invaluable contributions to my research.
Current projects include:
- Historical ecology of mescocarnivores in Hokkaido, Japan
- Stable isotope analysis of California’s last grizzly bears with the California Grizzly Research Network
- Paleoecological reconstructions of a 50,000 year old woodrat midden
- Ecology and conservation of the Hispaniolan Solenodon
- Extinction dynamics of Caribbean mammals
- Developing interdisciplinary partnerships for conservation paleobiology
I strive to include stakeholders, students, and conservation professionals from local communities wherever possible at all stages of my research.
A) Insectivores are amazing and I like to study them!
B) My last name is tricky to spell.