Skills and Approaches
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.
As a science librarian at OU Libraries in concert with my colleagues in the STEM Services team, I have presented and generated open access content around data analysis, management, and visualization. We continue to expand these offerings each year. As current chair of our research workshops committee, I'm leading improvements to our data and research workshop descriptions to improve cross-disciplinary appeal, expand our default accessibility accommodations, and produce content to expand uptake of data and research better practices to make scholars' lives easier and more productive.
My biological research interests have included, at various times, speciation, behavioral ecology, and natural history. My work has particularly focused on the effects of both natural and
altered environments on behavior and distribution. Past projects have
examined behavioral responses to anthropogenic noise pollution;
behavioral and environmental factors influencing a hybrid zone's
stability; data scale influences on the results of species distribution
models; data cleaning and management in animal tracking; and hybrid zone
theory. I additionally have a long-standing interest in natural
history of birds, odonates, lichens, and Lepidotera (butterflies,
skippers, and moths).
Statistics Helper Project
Statistics Helper is a proposed interactive educational website to guide users to literature on potential suitable statistics for their data and goals. The range of books, papers, and online educational materials can be overwhelming for a researcher who is not sure where to start in analyzing their data. This tool will ask users questions about their goals and dataset to narrow down a curated list of resources and short glossary definitions, which will be presented to the user throughout the process. As we've found, faculty see a need for a statistical help center like they have had at previous institutions. The Statistics Helper tool will help current librarians bridge that gap and triage requests for help while simultaneously educating customers. We are currently building the website with generous seed funding grant of $10k from the OU Data Institute for Societal Challenges for June 2022-2023.
STEM to Librarianship Pathway
With my supervisor S. Robbins and colleagues A.B. Schilling and B.N. Tweedy (now a science librarian at UC Davis), we have an article titled "Recruiting, Hiring, & On-Boarding Non-MLS Liaison
Librarians: A Case Study" in Library Leadership & Management (2022). This paper is based on our experiences joining OU Libraries' under Sarah's supervision in 2018 and what we felt libraries hiring candidates like ourselves might want to know about recruiting researchers.
Interdisciplinary collaborations as a librarian
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!
Implementing agent-based models in R
I worked with graduate student Justine Rockwood (in the lab of Eric Day in OU's Psychology Department)
to build and expand R code for an agent-based model about team size,
expertise, and efficiency. This work has been accepted as a peer-reviewed poster at the Society for Industrial and Organizational
Psychology Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, United States, where Justine presented it. The manuscript is now in revision for a journal.
Data management and processing tools
Electronic Transponder Analysis Gateway (ETAG): an animal behavior observatory
TAGS: Totally Awesome Geolocator Service
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
|Teloschistes chrysophthalmus, photo by Mary Curry|