"But the life of a man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster." 
- David Hume
      
Welcome. I am a freshwater aquatic ecologist attempting to understand the patterns that drive our natural world. I am currently a postdoc in the STRIVE Lab at the Ohio State University studying how artificial light at night (ALAN) affects aquatic communities and ecosystems. 

I earned my PhD in the Resetarits Lab at the University of Mississippi, where I studied the various aspects of ecology and physiology that regulate growth, development and the expression and maintenance of alternative phenotypes. I primarily studied how environmenetal stressors affect phenotypic expression in facultatively paedomorphic salamanders using long-term outdoor mesocosm experiments.

I also have a general interest in how aquatic communities assemble through processes of dispersal and colonization.