I am a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in animal communication, color/behavior evolution, and visual ecology. My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms, functions, and evolution of coloration, song, and display behaviors and how the environment influences signal diversity. I study these topics in a variety of bird species and other animals, such as spiders, wood warblers, and hummingbirds. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow with Stephanie Doucet at the University of Windsor , and I completed my PhD in animal behavior at Arizona State University with Kevin McGraw, where I studied 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 academic life. Please check it out: Thoughts from a graduate student, amateur naturalist, and adventurer.