PhD (2010), University of Missouri – St. Louis,
MS (2000), University of Memphis
BS (1996), Tennessee Technological University
Examination of the natural history, basic biology, and investigation of behavioral syndromes and individual differences in exploratory behavior of the African giant pouched rat, Cricetomys ansorgei.
I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes. My post-doctoral research involves examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. My work includes The Urban Scientist a blog about urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences, hosted by Scientific American Blog Network. I am also co-founder of the National Science & Technology News Service, a media advocacy organization.