WELCOME: I'm currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois working on applied aspects of amphibian conservation. My research is focused on combining comparative approaches to better

understand processes in ecology and evolution, natural and life history, and biodiversity conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Specific research interests include African chameleon evolution and neuroanatomy, reproductive variation in North American lizards and frogs, and ecology of snakes and turtles in 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 or contact me directly for inquiries.

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
2018–present: Post-doc, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
2016–18: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Natural Sciences, Excelsior College

Read my popular articles

Anole Annals
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
2018 Expedition Blog:
The Great
Chameleon Search
National Geographic OpenExplorer

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Check out my latest research

2018 new paper: 

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

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2018 new paper: 

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

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2019 new paper: 


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2019 new paper: 

Science of the Total Environment

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