I am a vertebrate community ecologist interested in how the composition and management of habitats including landscape factors affect wildlife communities and populations. In such communities, I am also interested in how similar species live in sympatry and how resource utilization differences allow these species to coexist. As a wildlife ecologist, my research addresses basic and applied ecological questions having wildlife management and conservation implications. I also mentor undergraduate student researchers on a range of ecological topics.  

Measuring height of gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) nest after nestlings have fledged for thesis research in southeastern Nebraska (Photo by Ron Johnson)

  Radio-collared gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) for home range study in southwestern Georgia

Stable isotope data for dissertation research

  Checking pit tag number of a watersnake (Nerodia sp.) in pillowcase for dissertation research in western Kentucky

Undergraduate research project on waterweed