In my own research, I have used a wide variety of techniques, from univariate (including basic statistics to mixed models to power analyses) to multivariate (including canonical correlation analysis to PCA to Mantel tests) statistics. I have also spoken on more than one occasion about data and project management from my experiences managing my own and others' data during my Ph.D. and post-doctoral work and instruct with The Carpentries to promote best practices in data and coding skills for scientists of all disciplines.
My Ph.D. research (where I worked with Michael Patten at the University of Oklahoma) focused on the behavioral and genetic dynamics of an avian hybrid zone, using the Tufted and Black-crested Titmouse species complex of Oklahoma and Texas as a model system. In my first postdoc, I worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow and then Research Associate with Nicola Koper at the University of Manitoba's Natural Resources Institute where I looked at the effects of oil infrastructure noise on prairie songbird behavior, particularly comparing Baird's Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow. I then returned to Oklahoma where I was a Post-doctoral Research Associate jointly with Michael Patten and Eli Bridge at the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma.
My biological research interests include evolutionary and behavioral ecology, ornithology, and natural history. My research particularly focuses on the effects of both natural and altered environments on behavior and distribution. My projects examine aspects of this ranging from specific responses to anthropogenic noise pollution to a broad examination of factors influencing a hybrid zone's stability to a theoretical framework tying together natural and sexual selection in hybrid zones. I additionally have a long-standing interest in natural history of birds, odonates, lichens, and Lepidotera (butterflies, skippers, and moths).
With my supervisor Sarah Robbins and colleagues Amanda Schilling and Brent Tweedy, we have an article titled "Recruiting, Hiring, & On-Boarding Non-MLS Liaison Librarians: A Case Study" in review at Library Leadership & Management as of 2021.
Data management and processing tools
Electronic Transponder Analysis Gateway (ETAG): an animal behavior observatory
TAGS: Totally Awesome Geolocator Service
Collaborations at University Libraries
Arachnid navigation review
I was honored to work with noted scorpion expert Doug Gaffin at OU to review classic and emerging models in arachnid navigation. This was published in 2020 at Journal of Arachnology!
Behavioral landscape ecology and conservation
Landscape ecology of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
Species distribution models of grassland birds
Anthropogenic noise pollution
Hybrid zone theory
I proposed a synthetic framework that combines the major hybrid zone models based on direction of selection. This was published in 2015 as an essay in Evolutionary Biology.
Morphology and distribution
Natural history studies
Cassin's Sparrow habitat use in Oklahoma
|Teloschistes chrysophthalmus, photo by Mary Curry|