My Academic Career

In August of 2010 I earned my Master's degree in wildlife science from Auburn University. My thesis was entitled: "Food Habits and Anthropogenic Supplementation in Diets of Coyotes (Canis latrans) Along an Urban-Rural Gradient," and my coursework was focused on wildlife damage management and human-wildlife interactions.  As a graduate teaching assistant, I instructed mammalogy and organismal biology laboratories at Auburn and developed a passion for teaching.  I have been involved in various education and outreach programs and have given talks for various groups on coyote ecology, urban wildlife, endangered species, conservation, and human-wildlife interactions.

In 2005 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science with a minor in biology from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!). While an undergraduate I was vehemently involved in programs focused on cultural awareness and diversity initiatives, especially in the natural sciences. 

My membership in professional societies includes the American Society of Mammalogists, the Natioal Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.