I'm currently a PhD candidate, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota. I am co-advised by Drs. Mark Bee and Marlene Zuk. Before coming to Minnesota, I completed a dual degree at the University of Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in French, both magna cum laude.
My dissertation research primarily focuses on constraints to the evolution of acoustic signals by sexual selection. I use both vertebrate and invertebrate systems to answer questions about how multivariate sexual signals are shaped by mate choice, how biotic noise affects female mating preferences, and the role of behavior in the establishment of novel phenotypes.