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Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.S., 2018 Vanderbilt University; Earth and Environmental Science
B.S., 2015 Boston College; Environmental Geoscience and Philosophy
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Generally, I am interested in the ecosystem services provided by large ungulates (hooved mammals) as well as the impacts of local or regional extinction. More specifically, I explore the impact of ungulates on soil dynamics, nutrient cycles, and carbon storage. Thus I aim to use exclosure experiments to both simulate extinction and to explore the role these mammals in their ecosystem. My previous work has primarily focused on the ungulate-nutrient interaction within the tropics, however with my dissertation work I hope to look northward as I untangle the effects of caribou on arctic soils and nutrient cycles. Artic systems are particularly vulnerable to change, and as caribou population trends shift, understanding their role may be crucial in predicting how Artic systems will respond to a changing climate.
Boston College, USA and the University of Edinburgh, UK (2014-2015) – Throughout the summer of 2014, I worked in Dr. Eva Panagiotakopulu’s lab (Edinbrugh, UK) where we sought to reconstruct the paleoclimate and paleoenvironment of Cheshire, UK using beetle remains. Upon returning to Boston College in the fall of 2014, I used this research to conduct an Environmental Science Thesis. This work ultimately provided evidence of the Chelford Interstadial, a brief warm period in Great Britain during the Late Pleistocene. In addition, I conducted a Philosophy Thesis with Dr. Holly Vande Wall investigating the ethics of animal use by humans using the framework of Benthian Utilitarianism.
University of Bern, CH (2015-2016) – Throughfunding awarded by the U.S. Fulbright Program I spend a year working with paleoecologist Dr. Oliver Heiri. While there, I conducted a high-resolution independent temperature reconstruction for the Late Glacial and Holocene using chironomid (non-biting midge) remains as a proxy.
Vanderbilt University, USA (2016-2018) – For my master’s thesis, I worked with Dr. Malu Jorge to investigate the role of the white-lipped peccary within the Cerrado of Brazil. Local extinction events have created forest patches of presence and absence, which we used as natural exclosure and enclosure plots. Within these plots we measured soil and nutrient dynamics to understand the ecosystem services provided by these frugivores and to evaluate the possible effects of local and regional extinction.
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School of Forestry & Enviro Studies
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New Haven, CT 06511 USA