Research Professional I
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
(803) 725-7283 office
In 2006, I completed my bachelors degree in wildlife at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and continued on for my masters degree. I completed my masters under Dr. John Maerz in 2009 and am currently a Research Professional at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). My masters research, supported by a State Wildlife Grant (SWG) from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, focused on evaluating the effects of both roads and crabbing activities on diamondback terrapin populations.
My current interests lie in turtle ecology, conservation and management, the ecology of aquatic ecosystems and the impacts of anthropogenic activities on herpetofauna. I am currently involved in various projects at SREL, including the development of stream ecological reference models for military installations along the Atlantic coastal plain using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the reintroduction of gopher tortoises, evaluating the effects of heavy metal contaminants in long-lived reptiles (specifically turtles and alligators), assessing the effects of nest site selection on diamondback terrapins, conducting surveys for indigo snakes, gopher tortoises and Flatwoods salamanders, tracking movements of gopher tortoises and gopher frogs using radio telemetry and understanding the natural history and behavior of non-native, Asian turtle species. In my spare time I enjoy any and all outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, caving, kayaking, surfing and rock climbing.