PhD Candidate in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside

I am a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at UC Riverside in the Clark Animal Aeroacoustic Lab. I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from Cal Poly Pomona with Kris Lappin. I am particularly interested in the role of individual variation in morphology and locomotor performance particularly during courtship, and how this might reflect variation in male fitness.

I use Black-chinned Hummingbirds as study organisms to investigate the role of flight performance during courtship signaling, and the effect of individual variation of courtship-flight displays on male fitness (i.e., offspring sired) using microsatellite loci for paternity analysis. My research takes place in the lab and in the field around UC Riverside and at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont.

Experience

  • –present
    Graduate Student in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside

Education

  • 2012 
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Master of Sicence / Biological Sciences
  • 2009 
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Bachelor of Science / Zoology

Publications

  • 2013
    Burst-swimming performance predicts the outcome of cannibalistic interactions in Green Poison Frog larvae (Dendrobates auratus), Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part A