Postdoctoral scholar, Center for Organismal Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine (advised by Kwasi Connor)

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (Donovan German)

M.S., California State University, Northridge (Bobby Espinoza)

B.S., University of California, Davis (Brad Shaffer)

I work on the ecophysiology of diet, usually in lizards. I'm particularly interested in diet shifts and determining how an animal gets its nutrients and the interplay of diet and other aspects of biology. Primarily, I've worked on plant eating in lizards, investigating gut form, function, and microbiomes.

For a long time, I primarily identified as a herpetologist. However, a combination of factors have nudged me more into organismal biologist, comparative physiologist, and ecophysiologist as central scientific identities. These factors include working with a tight-knit group of colleagues who favor these other terms and encountering negative connotations attached to “herpetologist,” particularly around toxic masculinity. I've encountered assumptions about how...

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