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 a Postdoc at The University of Minnesota. Welcome to my webpage!
140 Gortner Lab
1479 Gortner Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
1/2018 SICB in San Francisco: We just returned from a great Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in San Francisco, where tons of new cool research was presented. My lab mates and I had a good time presenting our own work from the Warner lab as well. Read more about Putter's work, Hannah's work, and my own on Anole Annals.
1/2018 Position at the University of Minnesota: I am very excited to start working with Emilie Snell-Rood and Elizabeth Borer at the University of Minnesota. Up here, we dump a lot of salt on icy roads in the winter. We will be investigating how this salt and heavy metal pollutants associated with road traffic make their way into roadside plants and pollinators. We hope to produce a bunch of interesting basic science on the project, and also provide suggestions for what plants are best to restore in roadside habitats for the health of pollinators. I am very excited to be starting up this project, and to be back in my home state.
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.