My years spent roaming the Appalachian mountains and beyond have instilled in me a deep appreciation for biodiversity and a drive to understand the processes that maintain it, especially in the face of rapid environmental change. This led me obtain to a bachelor's degree in biology from Berry College in Rome, GA and a master's degree in ecology from Colorado State University. I am primarily interested in using eco-evolutionary theory and conservation genetics to inform applied population management. Past research projects have evaluated the effects of longleaf pine management on avian species richness, the efficacy of habitat corridors in facilitating plant and arthropod dispersal, the evolution of avian cooperative breeding, and used Trinidadian guppies to examine rapid local adaptation and difficult issues related to the management of imperiled populations. I have also acted as a teaching assistant for several courses, including general biology, ecology, evolution, and ornithology. These experiences have given me a strong background in scientific research and communication that I hope to use in the fight to conserve indigenous biodiversity.