My research is focused on the relationships between locomotion, environment, and energetics. Specifically, I study how different flight environments (eg. low humidity, high elevation) influence the energetics of flight in birds, and potential evolutionary strategies (such as morphological and physiological adaptations) that permit efficient flight in environmentally challenging locales. I do this by studying hovering flight in hummingbirds and migratory flight in Passerines, two groups of flying animals that show remarkable flight capabilities but also contend with highly variable environments. Ultimately, I want to predict how flying animals will be affected by the changing climate, and if we are able to make predictions about their flight capabilities.
I am a comparative physiologist, focused on the energetics and environmental physiology of animals. I have studied a number of different animal systems, including insects, fish, and amphibians, but I set my primary research interests on birds. I completed my Bachelor's degree at the University of British Columbia and a PhD at the University of Toronto where I really began to study hummingbird flight. After three-years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a postdoctoral researcher working with migratory Passerines, I am now a postdoc here at the University of Washington where I can resume my studies on hummingbirds.