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August 2016 - May 2021
- Teaching Assisstant
- Teaching assistant for Basic Biology Lab: Cells to Organisms on campus and online for three semesters. Currently teaching assistant for BioStatistics; includes leading two recitation sections (including content development) and occasional lecturing.
August 2016 - May 2021
- PhD Student researcher. Dissertation will examine theoretical assumptions of animal movement analyses and use an empirical case study involving Flammulated Owls in Colorado's San Jaun Mounatains
Space-based tracking technology using low-cost miniature tags is now delivering data on fine-scale animal movement at near-global scale. Linked with remotely sensed environmental data, this offers a biological lens on habitat integrity and connectivity for conservation and human health; a global network of animal sentinels of environmental change.
Physiological and behavioral processes interact with environmental conditions to strongly influence organismal life history strategies which covary with latitude. However, few studies have articulated explicit linkages between metabolism and life history across latitudinal gradients. Interactions between metabolism and resource dynamics may give ri...
Seasonal migration is a widespread phenomenon undertaken by myriad organisms, including birds. Competing hypotheses about ultimate drivers of seasonal migration in birds contrast relative resource abundances at high latitudes ("southern home hypothesis") against avoidance of winter resource scarcity ("dispersal-migration hypothesis"). However, dire...
Whether and how migratory organisms exhibit inter-individual behavioral and/or physiological variation across movement strategies remains an open question. The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is a migratory songbird known for its intra-species variation displayed in relation to morphology, song repertoires, and migration. Thus, studies focusing on...
• Organisms assess biotic and abiotic cues at multiple sites when deciding where to settle. However, due to temporal constraints on this prospecting, the suitability of available habitat may be difficult for an individual to assess when cues are most reliable, or at the time they are making settlement decisions. For migratory birds, the postbreedin...
In this letter we present comments on the article "A global-scale ecological niche model to predict SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus" by Coro published in 2020.
Science provides a method to learn about the relationships between observed patterns and the processes that generate them. However, inference can be confounded when an observed pattern cannot be clearly and wholly attributed to a hypothesized process. Over-reliance on traditional single-hypothesis methods (i.e. null hypothesis significance testing)...
Since European settlement, human activities have resulted in fires that have burned the pine forests of western North America at higher severity and over larger areas than previously. On the basis of global climate models and current fuel loading across the West, larger and more severe fires are predicted to become more common in the future. Despit...
Determining patterns in annual movements of animals is an important component of population ecology, particularly for migratory birds where migration timing and routes, and wintering habitats have key bearing on population dynamics. From 2009 to 2011, we used light-level geolocators to document the migratory movements of Flammulated Owls (Psiloscop...
We document the first observed instance of polygyny in Flammulated Owls (Otus flammeolus) and the first among insectivorous raptors. Chronologies of the male's two nests, which were 510 m apart, were separated by nearly 2 weeks. Each brood initially consisted of three owlets, similar to the mean brood size in monogamous pairs. The male delivered co...