Current Position                  Assistant Professor and Assistant Curator                                                          2016 - present     

                                               Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

                                                          & Museum of Zoology (UMMZ)

                                               University of Michigan

Previous Appointment        Assistant Research Scientist                                                                                2012 - 2016     

                                               Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

                                                          & Museum of Zoology (UMMZ)

                                               University of Michigan

Postdoctoral Research       NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology (Bioinformatics)                                                 2009 - 2011     

                                               Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

                                               University of California, Berkeley

                                               Advisor: Jim McGuire


Ph.D.                                     Ecology and Evolutionary Biology                                                                                           2009  

                                              University of California, Santa Cruz            

                                              Advisor: Barry Sinervo

B.A.                                       Biology                                                                                                                                        2002

                                              Pomona College (Claremont, CA)              

                                                    including Study Abroad, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

                           Advisor: Steve Adolph (Harvey Mudd College)


See my Google Scholar profile.


    •    2022-2027: NSF CAREER: Sensory innovation and the ecological diversification of snakes

                    (PI), DEB-2141892

    •    2022: Nominee, Provost Teaching Innovation Prize, University of Michigan

    •    2017-2021: NSF Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: oVert: Open

                    Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D (Senior Personnel), DBI-1701714

    •    2021: Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology, awarded jointly by the U.S. National

                    Herpetological Societies (SSAR/ASIH/HL)

    •    2020: Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Award, University of Michigan

    •    2019: Program in Biology Teaching Excellence Award, University of Michigan

    •    2013-2018: Research Grant Sub-award, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

    •    2009: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (Bioinformatics), DBI‐0906046

    •    2007: Systematics Research Fund Award Winner, The Linnean Society

    •    2007: Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) recipient, four quarters

    •    2006: Science, Technology, Engineering, Policy, and Society (STEPS) Institute Environmental

                    Research Grant Winner

    •    2004, 2005: Science Buddies “Outstanding Service Award” recipient

    •    2002, 2003: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention

    •    2003: American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Gaige Fund Award winner

    •    2003: American Museum of Natural History Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund winner


2016 - present: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

    •    Evolution (EEB 390)

    •    Herpetology (EEB 450)

    •    Quantitative Data Visualization (EEB 800)

    •    Biodiversity Research Seminar (EEB 335)

2012: Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

    •    Spring 2012: Natural History of Vertebrates (IB 104)

2002 - 2009: Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz (13 courses)

    •    Fall 2002: Introduction to Psychobiology (Bio 70)

    •    Winter 2003, Spring 2005: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (Bio 20A)

    •    Spring 2003, Spring 2006, Fall 2008, Winter 2009: Plant and Animal Development and Physiology

         (Bio 20B)

    •    Fall 2003: Behavioral Ecology (Bio 140)

    •    Winter 2004: Herpetology (Bio 143)

    •    Spring 2004: Female Physiology (Bio 80A)

    •    Fall 2004, 2005, 2006: Molecular Methods in Organismal Biology (Bio 187L)

2002: Teaching Assistant, Pomona College

      •    Introductory Genetics (Bio 40)


    •    2021-present: Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology

    •    2016-2020: Board of Governors member, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)

    •    2019: FEMMES Spring Capstone Speaker

    •    2016-2019: UM Museum of Natural History Faculty Science Advisory Committee Member

    •    2012-2019: UM Museum of Zoology ID Day and Behind the Scenes Day

    •    2015: External Ph.D. thesis examiner, Macquarie University (Australia)

    •    2010-2013: Assistant Editor, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

    •    2011: WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Panel Member, UC Berkeley.

    •    2011: IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) Panel Member, UC Berkeley.

    •    2006-2009: Co-director of educational demonstrations with the Mathematics, Engineering &

                            Science Achievement (MESA) Program, UCSC.

    •    2006-2007: Graduate representative, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, UCSC.   

    •    2006-2007: Grad student member, search committee for a new faculty hire in Vertebrate

                             Physiology, UCSC. 

    •    2006: Member, Graduate Committee for Diversity Enhancement (GCDE), UCSC.

    •    2003 - 2006: Mentor in the Science Buddies program.

    •    1996-1998: Instructor, Hands on Science classes for 3rd-5th graders, Albuquerque Public

                            Schools, New Mexico.

Reviewer for Evolution, The American Naturalist, Systematic Biology, Molecular Ecology, PLoS One, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Nature Ecology & Evolution, Functional Ecology, Biology Letters, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Conservation Genetics, Journal of Zoology, Behaviour, Animal Behaviour, Journal of Herpetology, Herpetological Review, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Journal of South American Herpetology, Austral Ecology, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cambirdge University Press, BBSRC (U.K.), and NSF.

NOTE: This CV is abridged. Please see pdf link at top for full version.

Curriculum vitae