I am a National Science Foundation and Living Earth Collaborative postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis working with Dr. Jonathan Losos. I am co-advised by Dr. Chris Schell at the University of California, Berkeley. My postdoctoral research focuses on the impacts of urbanization and environmental racism in Eastern Gray Squirrels.
I received a PhD in Biological Sciences from Fordham University in New York City, where I worked in the Munshi-South lab. My PhD work, on how urbanization affected the evolution of feral pigeons in the Northeastern Megacity (Boston, MA to Washington, DC), was featured on Saturday Night Live and led The New York Times to refer to me as the “Pigeon Stalker”. In addition to my dissertation research, I am a co-founder and editor of the urban evolution blog Life in the City: Evolution in an Urbanizing World.
I was raised in California where I studied mammals in rural, suburban, and urban ecosystems, which led me to ask questions about how humans have influenced the distribution, genetic diversity, and interactions of species.
In my free time, you can find me looking for road kill, prepping specimens, and searching for all sorts of animals.
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