I am a third-year M.S./Ph.D. student studying urban ecology and wildlife outreach at the University of Georgia Warnell Shcool of Natural Resources.

Urban ecology is the scientific study of the relation of living organisms with each other and their surroundings in the context of an urban environment. For my Master of Science degree (pending), I conduct research on the abundance and occupancy of reptiles and amphibians along the urban gradient of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles, California. As I put the finishing touches on my thesis in preparation to graduate in May 2018, I am also engaged in coursework for my Doctorate in Integrative Conservation where I’ll be studying opportunities for outreach and science communication in the study of local urban wildlife.