I am a Ph.D. student in the Patek Lab in Duke University’s Department of Biology. I am broadly interested in the ecology, evolution, and biomechanics of acoustic communication in marine organisms, with a particular interest in coastal and benthic invertebrates. I have worked on a variety of systems, from oyster larvae and coral reef fishes to swamp sparrows and snapping shrimp.
I have studied bioacoustics on individual and ecosystem scales, collaborating with several fantastic researchers and laboratories along the way. As an undergraduate at Duke, I performed kinematic analyses of snapping shrimp snaps (Patek Lab), tested for intra-diel improvement of vocal performance in swamp sparrows (Nowicki Lab), and investigated the effects of anthropogenic noise on larval recruitment in North Carolina oyster reefs (Nowacek Lab). I was also a 2017 Summer Student Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) where I quantified the extent of noise pollution in coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Parks (Mooney Lab).