About Me

I am a PhD student working in Irby Lovette’s Lab at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I completed my Master’s degree in Renée Duckworth’s Lab at the University of Arizona. I am interested in evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, primarily in birds. My dissertation research focuses on hybridization in the northern flicker, using genomics and hybrid zone dynamics to understand the speciation process.

I grew up in southeastern Arizona and attended the University of Arizona for my BS and MS degrees (Bear Down!). I am a proud first-generation college student, have an amazing dog named Chiquita, and spend my free time reading/watching science fiction, sewing, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

I was lucky enough to be advised by Richard G. Harrison before his sudden passing. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and thoughtful advice.