I am an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at the Field Museum of Natural History, investigating trabecular bone architecture in the vertebrae of mammals with reinforced lumbar spines. I recently completed my Ph.D. specializing in the evolution of mammalian function and form. I am particularly interested in the use of quantitative methods to understand the way that animals interact with their environment.
My Ph.D. research was in the Wilson Lab at the University of Washington on the faunal composition and ecomorphology of mammals following the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event. I have extensive teaching and outreach experience through the University of Washington and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Have a look at my CV. My research interests include vertebrate functional morphology and biomechanics, small mammal ecomorphology, and the use of extant analogs for investigating function and ecology in the mammalian fossil record.
I also like to make art. My work includes a lot of line drawings but also collage and watercolors. Sometimes I do freelance illustration jobs. Check out some samples on my Art + Illustration page.