I am a PhD student at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology studying the effects of anthropogenic stressors on wildlife. Broadly, my interests include, but are not limited to, animal behavior,  disease ecology, as well as molecular ecology and evolution.  My research primarily focuses on understanding the ecological implications of chronic exposure to environmental contaminants. Some of my research will investigate the effects of environmental radiation contamination on wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Here I will investigate how contamination can impact disease prevalence, gene expression patterns, and population genetics. I will work with gray wolves and raccoon dogs, predators with high rates of bioaccumulation, to help address these questions.