I'm a systematic ornithologist, biogeographer, and evolutionary biologist.
I was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. I have been interested in the natural world since a young age and an avid birder since I was 12 years old. I went to college at Cornell University and received my BS in 2004, after which I worked in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library from 2005–2007. I received my PhD from the University of Kansas in 2013 where I studied the Diversification of the Tropical Pacific Avifauna in Dr. Rob Moyle's lab. I was a Frank M. Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History from 2014–2015 in Dr. Brian Smith's lab. In Fall 2015, I joined the faculty in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor. I am also an Associate Curator of Birds in the Museum of Southwestern Biology at UNM.