I am broadly interested in investigating the causes and consequences of microbiome variation in wild and domestic mammals. My research incorporates field work, laboratory work, and robust computational and statistical tools to analyze large -omics datasets.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, working with Dr. Johnathan Eisen. My project will focus on the evolution and function of scent gland microbiomes across the Felidae phylogeny.
My doctoral work identified the socioecological predictors of microbiome variation in wild African mammal, and elucidated potential functional contributions of microbiomes to host behavior and physiology.
I ultimately hope to become a tenure-track professor at a research-intensive university, where I will conduct research, and teach, as well as mentor undergraduate students. I am very involved with the professional development of students and believe that service, community-engagement and activism are central to my role as an academician and researcher.
University of California - Davis
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