• Ph.D., Michigan 2003
  • M.S. Minnesota 1997
  • B.S., Winona 1995


Areas of Interest

I am broadly interested in many topics in ecology, evolution and conservation biology. Much of my work focuses on amphibians as study organisms, though I also have studied freshwater fish, snakes, lizards and our campus squirrels. Current projects include: studies on the ecology and evolution of phytotelm-breeding frogs, investigations of natural selection and genetic drift in color polymorphic squirrel populations and a climate change mitigation (reforestation) project at Fern Valley Field Station. Other ongoing projects include a long-term monitoring study of the distribution and dynamics of Blanchard’s cricket frog and a long-term study of terrestrial salamanders and their pathogens at a local park.

Courses Taught
  • BIOL 100: Human Ecology
  • BIOL 202: Gateway to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 311: Natural History of Vertebrates
  • BIOL 360: Evolution
  • BIOL 401: Junior Independent Study/Biostatistics