I am a vertebrate paleontologist primarily interested in the early evolution of amphibians. My research focuses mostly on fossil material from the late Carboniferous to the Late Triassic (315-200 mya) and focuses on all aspects of paleobiology, including comparative anatomy, inferred ecology and development, and phylogenetics and systematics. I use a variety of methods in my research, including bone histology and computed tomography. Because extinct amphibians are understudied compared to the more charismatic extinct tetrapods like dinosaurs, much of my research focuses on simply establishing the anatomical foundation necessary for derivative analyses. I am currently working on Early Triassic amphibians from Antarctica through a NSF Polar Programs grant.
I am a west coast native, born and raised in LA, which gave me the opportunity to explore the expansive exhibits at the LA County Museum of Natural History. Through the museum's Dinosaur Institute, I got my first taste of paleontology, getting the opportunity to work in collections, learn fossil preparation, and conduct fieldwork. I obtained my B.A. in geology with a minor in biology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA (2012-2016) and then went on to obtain my Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Toronto (2016-2020). I have been a postdoc at UW since August 2020.