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PhD in Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
Advisor: Dr. Andrew McAdam
BSc in Biology & English
St. Lawrence University
Advisors: Dr. Erika Barthelmess
Prof. Mary Hussmann
I completed my BSc at St. Lawrence University in northern New York in 2012 where I did an honors thesis in Biology and English under the supervision of Dr. Erika Barthelmess and Prof. Mary Hussmann. In 2018 I finished my PhD in Dr. Andrew McAdam's lab at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I am now a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter, U.K. where I am working with Dr. Lauren Brent.
As a scientist I am keenly interested in animal behaviour and understanding how and why animals behave the way they do. For almost all organisms (including seemingly solitary ones!) an important aspect of their environment is the conspecifics with which they might cooperate, compete, mate, or otherwise interact. I am interested in the potential for these social interactions to shape the behaviour, life history and fitness of individuals. By studying these patterns I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the processes leading to the evolution of complex social systems.
Having worked as a naturalist in the Adirondacks and as Project Manager for an environmental education initiative, Nature Up North, I believe strongly in the importance of scientific communication and am invested in encouraging public understanding of and engagement with science. I enjoy teaching in both formal and informal contexts and hope to work towards better integrating public education and scientific communication into our training as scientists.
In my free time you can almost always find me outdoors or with a good book in hand. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and exploring waterfalls in the Finger Lakes area of New York where I grew up.
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