I am integrative organismal biologist interested in understanding the mechanistic basis of individual variation in behavior, survival, and reproductive success. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University and was trained to band birds at Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. Currently, I am in my fourth year of my PhD and am also a fellow of the Interfaces of Global Change program at Virginia Tech. For my dissertation, I am studying the mechanistic basis of individual variation in behavior and survival in the wire-tailed manakin. My research takes place between November and March in Northeastern Ecuador at Tiputini Biodiversity Station.