Neat Photo: Female Canada Warbler on a nest on a 1200m elevation plot in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
PhD work: Manipulating the space time continuum to reveal the best way to brew a bitterless coffee. Just kidding. I have a way to go to determine the particulars of this degree but I promise that I will update this site so that those of you who visit it on a daily basis will know. Until then you can read all about my MS which had a similar focus.
MS work: Although my PhD work will have a similar focus my MS was also spent investigating factors that limit species distributions at their low-latitude (warm-edge) range limit. Considering that it is a fundamental question in ecology, little is known about what factors limit species distributions at the warm-edge. A lot of work has been focused on this question but there are few studies that provide direct answers. Its of even greater importance to have a mechanistic understanding of these factors because of the observed shift in species ranges, seemingly as a result of climate change. Many believe that abiotic factors such as temperature and precipitation primarily limit species distributions at the warm-edge while others believe that it is biotic factors like competition. In my research I employ different field experiments and observations combined with sophisticated modeling to account for the potential interaction between abiotic and biotic factors in limiting species distributions at the warm-edge.
Before all this: I worked as a field tech for 11 seasons studying birds of all shapes and sizes in different states and countries. In my free time I play ultimate frisbee, photograph birds (sometimes other wildlife), read science fiction, and delve into the deepest realms of heavy metal I can find.