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I am currently a Knauss Sea Grant Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Gary C. Peters (MI), where I work on issues surrounding water contamination, wildlife conservation, agriculture, and invasive species. I am finishing my Master’s at the University of South Dakota under the direction of Dr. Jacob Kerby, where I research the effects of agricultural runoff on fish, invertebrates, and water quality in South Dakota wetlands. My main research interests include examining the complexities of habitat and wildlife interactions, with particular focus on the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on community assemblages. I am also fascinated by emerging diseases in wildlife populations, particularly in amphibians and reptiles (i.e., snake fungal disease, chytrid, ranavirus, and Bsal). I enjoy public education and outreach as well as pursuing questions that help optimize wildlife management for local, state, and federal governments.

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