A little about me...
In general, I study how disease outbreaks happen and what we can do to prevent them by studying the interactions between emerging diseases and ecosystem health.
I am from Oakland, CA where I grew up exploring magical public spaces by running every trail I could find. As my body hurled through the environment I was fascinated with both physiology and wildlife.
In college, I became captivated by the interactions between the environment, microbes and host physiology. I set out to study these interactions in emerging wildlife disease outbreaks, such as Amphibian chytrid fungus and White-nose syndrome, which have caused catastrophic declines in amphibian and bat populations, respectively. These two emerging diseases are the worst recorded disease outbreaks in history affecting millions of individuals and leading to shocking declines.
The west coast has the greatest biodiversity of bats in the U.S. thus my more recent research aimed to contribute to the conservation of western North American bats by exploring the host physiological and pathogen physiological factors involved in regional population crashes due to disease.
I am truly honored to be able to work to save the wild spaces and creatures I love.
I just moved to Portland, OR! Let me know if you want to go for a run and chat in the woods! Check out my contact page to learn more.