Galápagos Curriculum 2017

During the Spring 2017 semester I was honored to teach the First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS) component of the Galápagos Curriculum. We had a wonderful group of 10 Cornell biology undergraduates and took an amazing trip to the Galápagos Islands during Spring Break. Teaching an FWS was a great opportunity for me to get more teaching experience, as I designed and implemented all aspects of the course.

NAOC 2016, Washington D.C.

I’ve just returned from a great time in Washington D.C. for the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference. It was my first opportunity to present preliminary work from my dissertation on genomics and hybridization in the northern flicker. It was amazing to see so many ornithologists in the same place – I was able to meet many new people and to catch up with old friends.



Cornell Lab of Ornithology members past and present


First field season

I have recently returned from my first field season in Nebraska and Colorado working on northern flickers. I was performing a transect across the hybrid zone following the Platte River. I had the great pleasure of working with Brianna Mims, a Cornell undergraduate and former student in the Galapagos course. For a portion of our time we stayed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cedar Point Biological Station and had a great experience!

View some more photos from our trip here!