I am a Ph.D. candidate of Dr. Karen Alofs in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. My current research is focused on the sources and implications for intraspecific variation in fish populations’ physiological responses to climate change. In order to mechanistically understand how fish respond to alterations in temperatures, I employ multiple methods including respirometry, transcriptomics, proximate composition, and bioenergetics modeling.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s residential college of Lyman Briggs in Zoology and studied Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management for my master’s from the University of Washington. Prior to starting at the University of Michigan, I worked at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center assisting in monitoring fish populations and habitat restoration success in the St. Clair-Detroit River System. I have also worked as a field biologist for Herpetological Resource and Management conducting surveys and monitoring reptile and amphibian populations throughout the Midwest.