PhD Candidate, Comparative Biology

Richard Gilder Graduate School

American Museum of Natural History

Division of Paleontology, Department of Ichthyology

An alumna of Humboldt State University, I have worked on numerous projects in diverse disciplines, including the olfaction of toxic newts, description of Cretaceous fungi and Devonian plants, and ecology of predatory marine snails.

I'm particularly drawn to understudied systems and questions. My current research, at the American Museum of Natural History, uses the internal anatomy of Paleozoic fossils to explore chondrichthyan diversification.

 Fieldwork on the White River near Fayetteville, Arkansas (2015, photo by Mark McKinzie)

Fieldwork on the White River near Fayetteville, Arkansas (2015, photo by Mark McKinzie)

"...Parts of our continent have apparently always remained asylums where some representatives of its ancient tribes of fishes have found a safe retreat, and where the chain of descent has been unbroken from remote geological ages."

- J.S. Newberry, 1873, Geological Survey of Ohio, Vol I Part II (Paleontology) Section II: Descriptions of Fossil Fishes