I am a PhD Candidate in Dr. Christopher Schell's Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. My doctoral research seeks to understand how environmental injustice, and the landscape heterogeneity it creates, within (and between) cities underpin wildlife behavior, health, and biodiversity.
My research interests include behavioral ecology, urban ecology, management, environmental justice and health, human-wildlife interactions, (urban) conservation, social-ecological dynamics, queer theory, community ecology, and ecophysiology.
Prior to entering my PhD, I completed my Bachelor's in Biology at Florida State University in May 2020 where I researched how humans indirectly impact marine communities via microplastics with Dr. Don Levitan. I went on to work as a Post-Bac researcher with Dr. Elizabeth Hobson where I worked on several projects including using vocalizations for species management. You can read about all of my research here.
Parallel to conducting my research, I work to advance diversity in the STEM field. At my undergraduate institution, I worked with other undergraduates to establish a local SEEDS chapter at FSU. In my current institution, I am a part of the Graduate Diversity Council (GDC), where I assist in a variety of DEI initiatives, and collaborate with academics across institutions for the EEB Language Project - an initiative aimed at removing harmful terms from ecology. I also co-founded an undergraduate mentorship program at UC Berkeley and am actively collaborating with community members and organizations to work towards building an inclusive & equitable outdoor learning program.