Frost Postdoctoral Fellow
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
B.A., B.S. University of Rhode Island
PhD, University of Nevada, Reno
I grew up flipping boards and catching whatever was coiled beneath, which has led to a lasting curiosity about the lives of reptiles and amphibians, and a passion for changing negative perceptions commonly held by those who don't interact with these amazing creatures. I completed my PhD at University of Nevada, Reno where I studied the coevolution of toxic Pacific newts and their resistant garter snake predators. With PERL, I am integrating physiological data into forecasting models to understand how energetic needs and available niche space for a variety of ectotherms will change in response to a warming climate. As a Frost postdoc, I am teaching and actively mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students through courses and research projects. When I'm not on campus, I'm likely wandering in the outdoors or working on a creative project.