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Research interests

I'm a PhD candidate exploring developmental physiology and phenotypic plasticity as an evolutionary adaptation in response to seasonal and maternal cues. Primarily work on wild wetland migratory birds, especially gulls. Focus on developmental programming that occurs very early in embryogenesis, by integrating a variety of experimental, biochemical, physiological, and ecological field techniques.

I am also interested in understanding how we, as students, learn about and integrate information from the world around us. Environmental cues (such as stressors and spatial landscapes) interact with our inherent neurophysiology to influence our learning performance. I'm especially passionate about understanding how the kinds of questions we ask evolve throughout our learning career and how we modify learning environments to increase scientific curiosity in the classroom and community.

Education/Academic qualification

BS, North Dakota State University

Award Date: May 15 2015

PhD, North Dakota State University

May 2015 → …

Research Interest Keywords

  • bird eggs/nesting
  • developmental biology
  • hormones
  • phenotypic variation
  • physiological ecology

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