WELCOME: I'm currently a post-doctoral research associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History studying how organisms and communities respond to environmental change. My research employs a variety 

of comparative approaches to better understand processes in ecology and evolution, natural and life history, and biodiversity conservation of reptiles and amphibians. My research interests include African chameleon evolution and neuroanatomy, reproductive variation in North American lizards and frogs, and ecology of snakes and turtles in human-modified habitats. Some of my research has been featured in the Washington Post, NBC Today, and VICE. Follow me on social media to stay up-to-date.

2018: Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – University of Texas at El Paso
2013: M.Sc., Biology – Shippensburg University
2011: B.Sc., Zoology – Humboldt State University
2019–present: Post-doc, Herpetology Section, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
2018–2019: Post-doc, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
2016–2018: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Natural Sciences, Excelsior College

Popular articles

Anole Annals
2019 Article:
Managing the Threat from Below: Impacts of Invasive Fish on African Amphibians
African Conservation Telegraph
2019 Guest Editorial:
How Much Do We Really Know About Amphibian Conservation in Africa?
African Conservation Telegraph
2019 Research Blog:
Of Anoles and Salad: From Steinbeck to Prebagged Lettuce
Anole Annals

Latest research


2019 new paper: 


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2019 new paper: 

Science of the Total Environment

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2018 new paper: 

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

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2018 new paper: 

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

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