I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in animal communication, color/behavior evolution, and visual ecology. My research focuses on understanding the evolution and function of coloration and display behaviors and how the environment influences trait diversity. I study these topics in a variety of bird species and other animals, such as spiders, but my current study system is hummingbirds. I am working on a Ph.D. in animal behavior at Arizona State University, where I am studying the co-evolution of hummingbird coloration and courtship displays.
I also actively maintain a blog where I discuss my travels, research, and various other topics involving graduate school life. Please check it out: Thoughts from a graduate student, amateur naturalist, and adventurer.