I am an integrative behavioural ecologist interested in how animals cope with unpredictable environmental conditions. These unpredictable environments pose a unique challenge for vertebrates, since anticipatory changes in morphology, behaviour or physiology are not always possible. Instead, organisms must respond to unpredictable perturbations with little warning. Understanding how animals cope with unpredictable environmental conditions is a critical goal for biologists, since climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather in many parts of the world. My research program integrates across evolution, behavioral ecology and endocrinology to understand how birds and mammals facing unpredictable environmental conditions are adapted to survive and reproduce in these habitats. I am particularly interested in the role of environmental unpredictability in shaping the microevolutionary processes that lead to these coping mechanisms across natural populations.
I'm an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the University of Guelph's Department of Integrative Biology and the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology, working with Drs. Andrew McAdam and Ben Dantzer.
I completed my PhD at Columbia University (2017), a MSc at the University of Windsor (2012), and my BSc at Simon Fraser University (2010).