I am an evolutionary ecologist and an educator. I love doing field research and helping students learn the intricacies of scientific research and discovery. I am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Auburn University. Welcome to my webpage!
Department of Biological Sciences
101 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn, AL 36849, USA
11/2017 Paper accepted: Heart rates are one of the most useful variables to measure in animal physiology, but are challenging to measure in reptile eggs. In summer of 2016, we helped 3 outstanding Auburn undergraduates, Austin, Cassie, and Dani, investigate how heart rates of anole embryos respond to fluctuating temperatures. Our paper also offers a number of useful methodological suggestions for those interested in studying heart rates of developing reptile embryos. Look for our paper soon in the Journal of Experimental Zoology A.
7/2017 JMIH meetings in Austin: I just returned from an exciting and successful conference of the Joint Meeting of Icthyologists and Herpetologists in Austin, TX. I presented on urban habitat use of Agama lizards in Florida and on seasonality in reproduction of anoles. Read about the anole work below.
6/2017 Paper accepted: Manipulating hormones within eggs has been a powerful experimental tool for understanding sex determination in reptiles. Our recently accepted paper in the Journal of Experimental Zoology A investigates the influence of hormone manipulations on sex determination in the field, and it should be out soon!
4/2017 More field work: Life is busy these days. We have hundreds of breeding lizards in the lab and have been making frequent trips to Florida to work on a variety of research projects. At our research site in central Florida, we are just starting to get into the beginning of the reproductive season. Photo by Renata Brandt.