I’m an ecologist interested in animal migration at high altitudes, particularly insects and bats. My research work is driven by a deep desire to conserve and protect biodiversity. Because there is so little known about life in the night sky, I created this web site to share some of what we do know about it. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of discovery.
I’m currently a research specialist with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology working with Gary McCracken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014, and then worked as a postdoctoral scholar studying migratory bats with Justin Boyles at Southern Illinois University. Before coming to Tennessee, I completed a Master’s degree in Biology (Ecology and Systematics) in the LeBuhn lab at San Francisco State University. My undergraduate degree was in Information Technology from the School of Business at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. You can see or download my CV here.
While my personal interest in biology started at a young age, I started out on a very different path. With a degree in business and IT, I worked in a wide variety of software product development and management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Oracle as well as at a small Internet start-up. Before becoming a scientist, I was proud to leverage my corporate leadership experience by serving as a board member and then board president of the non-profit San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. Eventually I decided to switch gears and turn my interest in the natural world into a career.
This site includes general information about life in the night sky, or nocturnal aeroecology, as well as information specifically about my own research and publications. I also periodically post blog entries with my perspectives on research and conservation. For the latest news and my takes on aeroecology research and conservation, I encourage you to Follow @batgrrl me on Twitter.