B.S. in Zoology, Colorado State University
B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass
Currently, I am in the Master of Science program in Zoology at Colorado State University.
CO School of Public Health
Global Health & Health Disparities
My experimental manipulations focus on understanding the effect temperature (i.e. climate change) has on the foraging behavior in stream macro-invertebrates. Using a native trophic cascade present in the system (algae, mayfly, stonefly), I will be quantifying the strength of interactions (lethal and non-lethal predation) through controlled artificial streams. Through this work, I hope to gain an understanding of the potential ecological shifts that may be seen with a warming climate. More broadly, my work seeks to understand the mechanisms that control trophic cascades and how that information can be applied to conservation and behavior studies.
Note to Current Students
The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University has guided my research interests by impressing the need for holistic science that draws from many disciplines in order to achieve a higher quality of work as well as giving me the tools needed to conduct my work in a culturally sensitive manner when needed (some of the work is done in Ecuador). Specifically, classes I have taken with Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass have exposed me new techniques in data collection that can be just as useful in my field of study such as ethnography and other forms of qualitative data collection. The courses have challenged my understanding and impressed a need for nuanced explanations that have molded how I approach my work and the questions I find important.