I am currently a member of the Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Laboratory of Dr. Richard W. Blob at Clemson University. Following the completion of my Ph.D. in Spring 2017, I will be moving to Notre Dame, Indiana to begin an appoinment as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Mary's College.
My research investigates the relationship between limb bone loading during locomotion and bone morphology. My aim is to understand the mechanism(s) that drive morphological change in skeletal elements of secondarily aquatic vertebrates.
I came to Clemson after two years in the Gifford Lab for Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology at the University of Arkansas- Little Rock (now relocated to the University of Central Arkansas). Before turning my attention to more morphology-oriented questions, my research focused on thermal acclimation responses of metabolism and swimming performance in the Ouachita dusky salamander, Desmognathus brimleyorum (Family: Plethodontidae).
Outside of graduate school, I enjoy spending my days with my husband and sons. My hobbies include hiking, herping, gardening, canoeing, baking, making wine, and fellowship with good friends.
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