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I am a primatologist and biological anthropologist. My research focuses on stress endocrinology, behavior, sociality, and health in great apes. For my dissertation, I developed the first allostatic load indices in zoo-housed gorillas (please see research interests and publications for more information). Before starting my PhD, I was a high school biology teacher for five years. 

Current Affilitation

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Click here to find out more about my research goals as a postdoctoral fellow.


PhD | May 2018

Biological Anthropology (specialization: primatology)

The Ohio State University

Committee: Douglas E. Crews (advisor), Debra Guatelli-Steinberg, W. Scott McGraw, Barbara A. Wolfe

Dissertation: "Assessing Long-Term Stress in Great Apes: Allostatic Load in Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)"

MST | August 2010

Earth Science Education

Wright State University

BS | June 2007

Integrated Science Education

Ohio University