I am a comparative biologist, and I study the foraging ecology, behavior, and evolution of large marine vertebrates. Most of my work focuses on pinnipeds (seals, sea lions,and walruses), which are a widespread, diverse, and interesting group of secondarily aquatic marine mammals. I have a MS from San Diego State University where I worked in Dr. Annalisa Berta’s lab studying the feeding morphology and evolution of feeding strategies in seals. I am finishing up my PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I am a part of Dr. Daniel Costa and Dr. Rita Mehta’s labs. My dissertation research is focused on understanding the feeding behavior and ecology of pinnipeds at multiple levels of organization, from examining differences in individual feeding performance to broad-scale comparisons of multiple taxa. I work with both captive and wild animals to examine individual variation and behavioral flexibility in foraging strategies.

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