I am currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. My research aims to understand the consequences of anthropogenically altered landscapes and climate on animal distributions and population dynamics, with the specific goal of applying these findings to conservation decision-making and design. As a teacher, I strive to use my field research to expose students to the natural world in a way that is interesting and engaging, with the hope that students will develop the ability to ask critical questions and gain the technical skills they need to address them. All of my professional efforts have been motivated by a desire to apply rigorous science to inform policy and effect decision making to conserve biodiversity.