Background

My path to KSU has been a little non-traditional, as far as academic careers go. Since finishing my PhD in 2012, I have been extremely fortunate to have worked in a variety of government and industry roles. Those experiences have shaped my perspective on biology and education. In my courses and advising I do my best to impress upon students the the variety of biological experiences and perspectives that different domains bring to the table...and the value that they all bring. 

Education

2012: PhD, Biology, Baylor University

  • PhD advisor: Kenneth T. Wilkins (website)
  • Dissertation title: Effects of habitat affinities and resource needs on edge responses by small mammals

2006: BS, Biology, University of Louisville

Professional Experience

2020-present: Assistant Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University

  • Research in quantitative ecology of animal populations
  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students
  • Statistical consulting to other researchers
  • Courses taught: Comparative vertebrate anatomy, Invertebrate Zoology, Applied Biological Data Analysis

2018-2020: Project Scientist, Waterborne Environmental, Inc.

  • Investigated effects of agricultural chemicals on terrestrial and aquatic food webs, including toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic (TKTD) modeling, population viability analysis, and individual-based modeling
  • Developed and implemented stochastic population and individual-based simulation models to support ecological risk assessment
  • Analyzed data, programmed complex analyses and simulations, and automated data management processes using R and ArcGIS
  • Wrote and co-authored successful proposals to obtain research contracts

2017-2018: Applied Statistician (Senior), Climate Corporation

  • Developed advanced statistical models to support data-driven recommendations for farmers
  • Worked collaboratively with a diverse team of statisticians, programmers, engineers, and business managers
  • Communicated statistical approaches and findings to technical and non-technical audiences

2013-2017: Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Modelled fish and wildlife population dynamics using mark-recapture analyses, distance sampling, Bayesian and frequentist statistics, and stochastic simulations
  • Analyzed data, programmed complex analyses and simulations, and automated data management processes using R, SAS, ArcGIS, DISTANCE, and other software
  • Developed and taught training courses in statistics and R programming for researchers
  • Trained and supervised undergraduates and technicians in statistical programming, data management, and field wildlife sampling
  • Wrote and co-authored successful proposals to obtain research funding
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