I'm a PhD candidate co-advised by David Pfennig and Karin Pfennig at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research centers on the interplay of natural and sexual selection, especially with regard to the roles of mate choice and phenotypic plasticity in adaptation to highly variable, rapidly changing environments. I do fieldwork in the lovely Chihuahuan Desert (banner pic above) using spadefoot toads as a model system to investigate when, where, and how plasticity in sexual and ecological traits can facilitate adaptive responses to selection.
When I'm not catching frogs for research, I'm often catching frogs (or snakes) for fun. In addition, I enjoy trail running, cycling, fly fishing, camping, and spending time with my partner, Julie, and our goofy dog-child, Sasha the hound mix.