I'm currently an Assistant Professor at Eastern Oregon University. My research interests are historically broad, but recently I've become more focused on the genetics side of things, specifically, conservation genetics and the effects of human activity on the genomes of species, with an emphasis on demographic modeling and population genetic methods. Current systems that I work with are a hybrid zone between Allen’s (Selasphorus sasin) and rufous (S. rufus) centered in coastal southern Oregon, a clade of swallows called the Oceanic swallows, distributed throughout Southeast Asia and Oceania, and the greater bat community, with an emphasis on Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) and pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus), especially in San Diego County and in eastern Oregon.
I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Biology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2014, and worked with Erin Questad and David Moriarty to study how drought affects the bird community in habitats provided with supplemental water and those without. I received my PhD in the Burns lab at San Diego State University in 2020, where I studied behavior and hybridization between Allen's and Rufous hummingbird. I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Scordato lab at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, from 2020-2023, and studied the demography and evolutionary history of commensal swallows in Southeast Asia and Oceania, and how human activity has shaped these processes.
July 2019: The first chapter of my dissertation work, a paper titled "Behavioral and morphological evidence of an Allen’s × Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin × S. rufus) hybrid zone in southern Oregon and northern California" was just accepted by The Auk: Ornithological Advances. This paper introduces the Allen's x Rufous Hummingbird hybrid zone using phenotypic data (genomic data will be coming in a subsequent paper) and looks at the role of sexual selection via courtship displays in maintaining species barriers between Allen's and Rufous. We also identify several new traits/behaviors that characterize Allen's and Rufous Hummingbird and their hybrids. Excited to share this once it is published!