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.