I first joined the Palen Lab in 2009 as a volunteer sorting and identifying aquatic insect larvae. Since then I have worked on a wide range of projects from experimental manipulations of stream ecosystems in California to multiple amphibian mark-recapture studies in California, Washington, and British Columbia.
Broadly, I use demographic data and population matrix models to ask ecological and conservation related questions. I am looking at how food web structure influences population size and demographic variables for Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) populations. Additionally, I am exploring the population consequences of cultural egg harvest on a Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) population in the Netherlands.
I am also currently completing my Honours in the lab, looking at how environmental variability influences the magnitude of portfolio effects on a population of Foothills yellow-legged frogs (Rana boylii) in northern California.