Forest and Wildlife Ecology The University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706
I am currently a first year PhD student in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology program at UW-Madison. My dissertation research will examine the immune function of wild birds and its response to variation in resource availability. I will primarily be working with Black-capped chickadees. I will also be conducting some studies on BCCH and West Nile Virus, to asses their viability as a competent reservoir.
I completed my Bachelor's of Science at Michigan State University in Zoology in 2011 and my Masters of Science at the University of Georgia in 2013. I've always been very interested in ecology and wildlife dynamics and hope to continue working in the realm of disease ecology, physiology and infectious disease dynamics in the future.
After working in the Avian Health and Disease Ecology lab at MSU, I realized how much I enjoy working with birds, and how much they can tell us! For my Master's project, I examined the degree to which neotropical songbirds face resource trade-off between condition and immune defense during migration. Specifically, I investigated how lipid (fat storage), stress, parasites and immune defenses interact during the migrations of several songbird species that pass through coastal Georgia each fall.