My ecological research occurs at the intersection of climate change, conservation, and citizen science. I work to understand past systems while conducting contemporary research to see how these systems have changed and how they may continue to change in the future. This research depends on historical or paleontological information and natural history collections play a critical role in maintaining and providing these resources. In my current Research Fellow position at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum I am part of the "A mouse's eye view of Rancho La Brea" project to reconstruct paleo food webs. Specifically, I'm developing citizen science materials for sorting microfossils that will inform us of the small mammals and plants that comprised ecosystems here 50-30,000 years ago.
My job at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is always exciting. Read more about the work I am doing here, as well as updates from ongoing research projects, in my research blog.
I'm interested in understanding changes to ecosystems, both at the organismal level as well as across trophic levels. Part of the methodology for this research is comparing data uncovered from the historical records with contemporary observations. Read some of my recent publications for more information.