2327 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA. 92101
- B.S. in Wildlife Science,
Auburn University, Alabama
While at Auburn, I was involved in a research project designed to examine reproductive success in adult, male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). My duties included assisting with capture of deer using dart guns with night vision/infrared, then collecting data from captured deer (administering anesthetics, drawing blood, collecting body measurements, freeze-branding, and tagging). I assisted in fitting bucks with GPS collars and does with vaginal implant transmitters (VITs). I also assisted on a variety of other wildlife projects involving feral pigs (Sus scrofa), coyotes (Canis latrans), house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus), and eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis).
I spent the summer of 2009 working at Lake Tahoe, California on a project sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service that focused on disturbance and fragmentation effects on species occurrence and abundance, population structure, and species composition of small mammals. My work responsibilities consisted of trapping, identifying and tagging small mammals, as well as recording physical data.
Immediately after graduating from Auburn in 2010, I moved to San Diego, CA. and started working for IWS on the San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Project. I was part of the Predator Research and Management Crew for two years. In that time, I also got to do a lot of work with the San Clemente Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis clementae).
In March of 2012, I was afforded the opportunity to manage a project focusing on the protection of the federally endangered California Least Tern (LETE; Sternula antillarum brownii) and federally threatened Western Snowy Plover (WSP; Charadrius nivosus nivosus) on Naval Base Coronado (NBC). Loss of habitat, predation, and human disturbance have contributed to the decline and overall low numbers of LETEs and WSPs, however, management practices have been initiated to aid in their survival in the wild. Our Predator Research and Management program at NBC focuses on development of new nonlethal techniques to reduce the amount of predation of LETEs and WSPs.