I am interested in why behavioral variation exists among individuals and how environmental change plays a role in its maintenance. My current research focuses on the variation of dispersal behavior in the Florida Scrub-Jay, a species that inhabits a dynamic habitat altered by frequent fires. Using field observations and modeling approaches, I am looking at the causes and consequences of different dispersal decisions in relation to the surrounding social and physical environment.
Outside my research, I am passionate about public outreach and education that promotes inclusion, and I have been involved through writing popular science articles and creating art. When I’m not running around in the field or staring at my computer, I enjoy drawing, hiking, knitting, and playing video games.