Fieldwork is an important part of my work as an ornithologist and evolutionary biologist. My research relies on museum specimens collected from many localities over many years, and I am committed to contributing to those resources by collecting birds with high-quality genetic material and detailed data.
Chihuahuan Desert Avifauna
In May 2017, I co-led a two week survey of Black Gap and Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas for the LSU Museum of Natural Science. The habitat was predominantly Chihuahuan Desert with a mix of riparian areas and pinyon-juniper woodland.
In May 2015, I participated in a two-week survey of the Dragoon and Chiricahua Mountains in Southeastern Arizona with the Moore Laboratory of Zoology. These mountain ranges create "sky islands", patches of pine-oak woodlands where birds are isolated in cooler, high-elevation habitat surrounded by lowland desert.