I am from Ferndale, Michigan. I received my Ph.D. in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior from Michigan State University in 2012 where I studied evolutionary ecology and endocrinology in North American red squirrels with Andrew McAdam at the University of Guelph and Kay Holekamp at Michigan State University. I then did postdoctoral research in the Large Animal Research Group at the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge working with Tim Clutton-Brock on the Kalahari Meerkat Project. In 2014, I started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.
When not in the Yukon, the Kalahari, the lab, or in front of a computer, I enjoy sharing my relentless enthusiasm for science and nature (not the journals) with my kids. I’m also a huge fan of music (country, folk, indie, etc.) and sports (ice hockey, baseball). Live music, cooking, baking, and running keep me balanced.