Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Research

I am a NatureNet Science Fellow working with Dr. Rob Pringle and Dr. Dan Rubenstein in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and The Nature Conservancy. My research combines manipulative field experiments with DNA-based laboratory tools to uncover processes in evolution and ecology that are rare or difficult to observe. Our greater knowledge about these processes should serve to enhance both the understanding and the conservation of biodiversity.

My doctoral research in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia focused on the influence of landscape heterogeneity and species interactions on the distribution of an epiphytic orchid and its genetic variation in Costa Rica. My postdoctoral research is diverse in both ecological and geographic scopes, but is principally focused on improving our understanding of consequences that stem from the functional extinction of large mammals in African savannas. See my research page for more.


  • August 2015: The project using genetic markers to illuminate the spread of invasive kudzu vines that I began as TA with prof. Jim Hamrick (UGA) was published with student coauthors in Annals of Botany.

  • June 2015: Our PNAS paper on large mammal dietary niche partitioning gets the cover. Commentary provided by Dave Tilman & Elizabeth Borer. Media coverage by: NPR's The Salt, The New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Science News, Science's Favorite Stories from the Web, IFLscience, and others.

  • May 2015: NSF funds ~$900K grant by Rob Pringle, Rowan Barrett, and Tyler Kartzinel to study Predation, Competition, and Establishment Dynamics within an Insular Adaptive Radiation.

  • February 2015: A NatureNet Science Fellowship from The Nature Conservancy will support my African savanna conservation research.

  • January 2015: Watch! E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation film features our savanna restoration research.

  • January 2015: Anolis lizard diets - New paper in Molecular Ecology Resources

  • October 2013: New Princeton Environmental Institute Funding