715 West State St.
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-9597
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2004-2007 Master's of Science in Natural Resources
Thesis title: Genetic Aspects of a Coyote Population in an Suburban Landscape
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio GPA: 3.79
1998-2002 Bachelor of Science Major: Biology, Minor: German
University of Cincinnati (UC), Ohio GPA: 3.49
My main interests involve wildlife conservation and related fields, specifically gene flow and wildlife corridors. Genetics can serve as a useful tool to determine the health and viability of threatened populations and as a metric to determine movement between populations. I am interested in the effects of wildlife corridors, as well as green bridges and underpasses, in maintaining genetic diversity. Investigation of animal behavior through genetics, such as movement or mating strategies, is also a strong interest for me. I am interested in recent advances in noninvasive field methods of DNA collection (hair snares, feces, etc) for use on different species. Genetic identification of wildlife products for investigation of illegal wildlife trade would be an exciting field of research as well.
Publications and Presentations
2007 68th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Madison, WI. "Coyote pack membership in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area"
2007 87th Annual American Society of Mammalogists Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. "Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population"
2007 21st Annual Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, OSU. "Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population"
2007 3rd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, Human & Community Resource Development, OSU. "Mating strategies of a suburban coyote population"
2007 27th Annual Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference, Kent State University, Kent, OH. "Mating strategy of a suburban coyote population"
2007 47th Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference, Columbus, OH. "Mating strategy of a suburban coyote population"
2006 87th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Omaha, NE. "Mating strategy of an urban coyote population"