McKittrick “brea” fossil deposit during the California superbloom

A New Yorker at heart, I have lived and worked all across the state, banding birds in the New York City harbor and censusing insects in the Catskill Mountains.

I am a proud graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and use its motto “Knowledge with Public Purpose” to guide my work, ensuring that my science is relevant to the stakeholders it impacts most – be it a global or local community. I received my B.S. in 2012 in Biological Sciences, with interdisciplinary coursework in natural resource policy and environmental economics to contextualize my core scientific knowledge.

I completed my Ph.D. at Stanford University in 2017, where I was a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. My research was supported by the NSF, the American Society of Mammalogists, the Paleontological Society, and numerous other external grants. I received the Denise Gaudreau Award for Excellence in Quaternary Studies from the American Quaternary Association for my dissertation. I was also a Haas Center Graduate Public Service Fellow, working to encourage students to step beyond campus boundaries and recognize that knowledge can be found outside of a classroom.

I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocene Paleoecology at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum from 2017-2019, where I continue to be a Research Associate. I am now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Low Temperature Science at Hokkaido University.

My intellectual home is island systems, and I continue to learn from comparisons of insular and continental patterns. I am fascinated by small mammals, particularly rodents and “insectivores”.

My toolkit: Stable Isotopes – DNA – Radiocarbon Dating – Species Distribution Models – Camera Trapping – Morphometrics – Ecological Surveys – Natural History Collections

My study systems: The Caribbean – North America – South America

Professional Society Memberships:
American Quaternary Association
American Society of Mammalogists
Society for Conservation Biology
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology