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I study the causes and consequences of variation in physiology and behavior, particularly as they relate to stress and telomere dynamics. My research interests focus on 1) how stress causes variation in physiology and behavior, 2) how individual variation can influence response to stress, and 3) how these processes influence evolution. Currently, I am working on experiments at the intersection of stress and somatic maintenance, with a focus on immune readiness and telomere biology.
I completed my M.S. in Biology at William & Mary, after receiving my B.S. in Biology from Centre College. My past research includes muscle growth in cannibalistic tadpoles, field work on the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, and mercury's impacts on hearing in the zebra finch.