I am currently a member of the Department of Biology at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. My research focuses on evolutionary transitions in animal structure and function related to environmental change.
I completed my Ph.D. at Clemson University in the Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Laboratory of Dr. Richard W. Blob. My dissertation focused on identifying biomechanical drivers of morphological change in limb bones associated with secondary aquatic transitions. Prior to joining the Blob lab, I spent 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). My research in the Gifford Lab focused on thermal acclimation responses of metabolism and swimming performance in the Ouachita dusky salamander, Desmognathus brimleyorum (Family: Plethodontidae).
Outside of academia, 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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