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My research examines the ecophysiology of large mammals. Specifically, I use biologging technologies to explore the spatial ecology and energetics of large mammals to aid conservation and management of these species. Most of my research has focused on polar bears with the goals to better understand how they are being impacted by declines in Arctic sea ice. This research has included using metabolic treadmills and swim flumes to measure the energy expenditure of polar bears and using accelerometers and point-of-view video cameras to document the behaviors and energy expenditures of polar bears on the Arctic sea ice.

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the School of the Environment at Washington State University. Previously, I spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global. I also spent 10 years working as a Wildlife Biologist for the Polar Bear Research Program with the U.S. Geological Survey. I received my PhD with Dr. Terrie M. Williams at the University of California, Santa Cruz and my MS with Dr. Todd W. Arnold at the University of Minnesota.


Ecophysiology of large mammals

How do the physiological constraints of large mammals impact their ability to survive in a changing world? Learn more...

Large mammal spatial ecology

How do movement and habitat use decisions impact an animal's ability to survive? Learn more...

Energetics and behavior

How do environmental and temporal factors influnce the energy expenditure and behaviors of large mammals?
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Wildlife conservation and management

Using ecophysiology tools to inform conservation and management decisions of large mammals.