Originally from Houston, Texas, I am currently a master’s student and graduate research assistant working under Dr. Richard Kline at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I am developing an eDNA assay for the Rio Grande Siren in addition to participating in research concerning siren species differences and Black-Spotted Newt distribution. Prior to this position I worked as a Wildlife Ecology Apprentice at the Wilds, where I studied spatiotemporal mesocarnivore interactions with a focus on the newly repopulated bobcats. I graduated with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2016.
I am broadly interested in the interactions between genetics, ecology, and conservation, particularly of amphibian species. I am interested in exploring how genetics impact behaviors and ecological choice in species, and how these can be assessed under a lens of conservation efforts and development of conservation plans. I am passionate about maintenance of biodiversity for continued ecological function, and believe eDNA is an invaluable tool in biodiversity monitoring and assessment, as well as being applicable for initial surveys on a landscape scale in order to influence further, in-depth sampling efforts. I am especially interested in applying these techniques to salamander species.