I integrate field and lab approaches to study how species are affected by different facets of global change, from invasive species to urbanization. My work brings together behavior, endocrinology, physiology, ecology, and evolution to address how global change impacts species and how species can respond to these changes, both via plasticity and adaptation. I generally study reptiles and amphibians because they provide wonderful systems for addressing global change and are of conservation concern, but also because they are awesome.
Understanding how living in cities impacts species and how they adapt to these conditions are important questions as urbanization accelerates.
Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) is an important, yet understudied, consequence of urbanization that can have strong impacts on wildlife.
Invasive species are a leading reason that native species may become endangered or extinct. But native species can adapt to the presence of invaders to persist in the face of this challenge.
Observations of organisms in their environments are the raw material of much of our scientific knowledge and an important starting point for generating hypotheses.