2010: Ph.D. Zoology and Tropical Ecology, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia
2006: Graduate Diploma Research Methods. Zoology and Tropical Ecology, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia
2003: B.Sc. cum laude. Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
I am interested in linking spatial ecology applications to conservation issues, and improving on species distribution modeling techniques so that they provide realistic, tangible outputs for use in conservation and management actions. Recently, I have focused on the effects of extreme weather events on species distributions at their range limits and on examining the usefulness of short-term weather data in models. My current research examines the effects of extreme weather events on North American avian communities, and the role of habitat refugia in mitigating climate change and extreme events.
When I am not busy working I enjoy yoga, hiking, cooking, swimming, reading, drawing, being outside in nature, wildlife watching, and just getting outside with my husband, our daughter, and our two aussie cattle dogs.