Assistant Professor of Biology
As an evolutionary physiologist, I am interested in how an organism's physiology allows it to survive and reproduce in its environment. My research thus far has focused on how birds lose water through their skin, a process that is mainly regulated by lipid molecules within the upper layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. I integrate organismal physiology with physical and analytical chemistry techniques to make correlations between whole organism water loss rates and the composition and interactions of lipids in the stratum corneum. Please use the links on the left hand side of this page to learn more about my research and teaching.
Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 2014, The Ohio State University
B.S., Environmental Biology/Zoology, 2007, Michigan State University