I received my Bachelor's of Science from UC Davis in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. From there, I spent several years working in the field and getting to travel across North America and to Jamaica and New Zealand for research. In 2013, I started at Cornell University in the Department of Natural Resources and Lab of Ornithology, working with Dr. Amanda Rodewald. My research builds on work done by Dr. Nathan Senner during his PhD here at Cornell, with the long distance migratory shorebird, the Hudsonian Godwit. I work on the breeding grounds where I measure parental effort to look at individual variation in response to breeding success. I aim to put that into an evolutionary framework, as selection should act in favor of traits that lead to breeding success, to look at population viability and long-term survival. For my master's at Cornell, I focused on the nest site selection of Hudsonian Godwits, and the underlying pattern of nest locations. My dissertation builds on the finding that Hudsonian Godwits in Beluga, AK breed in clusters that are not due to habitat heterogeneity to look at community interactions, such as protective nesting associations. I also work on the non-breeding grounds in southern Chile where I'm interested in looking at how non-breeding season habitat quality influences future reproductive investment and success through seasonal carry-over effects.