My current Research Fellow position, at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, is part of the "A mouse's eye view" project to reconstruct paleo food webs. My role in the project is developing citizen science resources centered on sorting microfossils and learning about the key, yet small, players in ancient ecosystems.
Previous to this, I worked with Austin Mast at Florida State University and iDigBio. With a host of national and international colleagues, we worked to engage citizen scientists in digitizing natural history specimens and associated data.
In recent years, my research has focused on untangling the effects of climate change on plant and animal phenology in the temperate ecosystems of the northeasten United States and east Asia. This work was conducted while I was a graduate and postdoctoral researcher at Boston University with Prof. Richard Primack , and as a postdoctoral fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science with Prof. Hiromi Kobori.
When not illuminated by the glow of my laptop, you can find me seeking silence in greater Los Angeles, daydreaming about adventures far and wide, knitting, and befriending stray and wild animals. And, to maintain optimism, I tweet conservation success stories, @Conservation Works.
Developing and growing this annual, global event to digitize biodiversity research collections
PhD in Biology: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
Dissertation: Climate change and species phenology at three trophic levels
Conservation of Kenyan Insect Pollinator Services through Mobilization, Modeling, and Utilization of Bee Collections Data
Enhancing pollinator conservation strategies through digitization and analysis of specimen data from National Museums of Kenya, in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service
Experimenting to find the most efficient, accurate, and precise methods of involving citizen scientists in georeferencing the collection localities of biodiversity specimens
University of Southern Maine
MS in Teaching and Learning
University of Rhode Island
BS Marine Biology