My research interests are tied to the study of the origin and maintenance of biodiversity and the consequences of biodiversity loss throughout deep time. I seek to better understand the abiotic and biotic mechanisms that contribute to trends in the phylogenetic, morphological, and biogeographic diversity of extinct faunal assemblages. I am especially interested in applying modern ecological methods to the fossil record like phylogenetic community structure, species distribution modeling, and biogeography. At UW, I plan on studying interactions between Cretaceous/Paleocene mammal groups around the time of the KPg Extinction.
I completed my BSc in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota with minors in Anthropology and Earth Science. During my undergrad, I studied latitudinal gradients of species richness in North American mammals and worked on species distribution modeling for rodents in the genus Perognathus. I've also had the opportunity to conduct paleontological field work in Kenya, Utah, and Montana!