I grew up on the edge of the Everglades in south Florida, which is the simplest explanation for why I gained an early appreciation for wildlife in general and birds in particular. I cultivated those interests through backpacking and canoeing, and after moving to Chicago in my teens, I traded the swamps of the south for the woods of the Great Lakes.
I attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I am currently a graduate student in Trevor Price's lab in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. I focus on how ecological interactions between organisms and their physical environment influence regional patterns of diversity and the coexistence between species. For my dissertation, I am studying the biogeographic history of bird communities across the Himalayas in order to understand how historical events, and their interactions with landscape factors, play a role in the assembly of local ecological communities and the evolution and diversification of different lineages within them. I am also broadly interested in developing machine learning tools to study community ecology and biodiversity.