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 and am now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (Biopsychology Area) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
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.