Greetings from Baton Rouge!
As an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and a Wildlife Extension Specialist at Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and School of Renewable Natural Resources, I study how vegetation management, human activity, and infrastructure development influence species' distributions and wildlife population dynamics. My current research collaborations utilize emerging technologies, such as miniaturized light-level geolocators and automated telemetry, to examine migratory connectivity and movements of endangered species. I'm also working to understand how birds and bats use managed forests in Louisiana. During the fall semesters, I teach Wildlife Habitat Management and, throughout the year, I share information about wildlife conservation and management with the public through Extension programming. Thanks for checking out my website and please feel free to get in touch with any questions!
OUR LATEST RESEARCH
We are using miniaturized light-level geolocators to examine migratory connectivity for the golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that breeds exclusively in centeral Texas and winters in southern Mexico and Central America. Since 2017, we've deployed 309 devices at five study sites across the warbler's breeding range and are mapping how warblers interact in non-breeding habitat - stay tuned!
We deployed acoustic monitors to record bat calls across six forest types to examine the influence of forest management practices on seasonal bat species occurrence and activity in Louisiana. Several bat species were more active in pine forests with group selection harvest, pine forests managed for red-cockaded woodpeckers, and clearcuts compared to unmanaged pine, thinned pine, and bottomland hardwood forest. More info on bat-habitat relationships in this region coming soon!