Though not my target species, I was happy to have a first encounter with a Carolina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis). I learned that they do sometimes hybridize with black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) where their ranges overlap. Black-capped are found at higher latitudes and elevations than Carolina chickadees. To help discriminate the two, check out this link!

For more photos of 'neat'ure, check out my photography pages!

Welcome to my personal website!


I have been awarded the Life Science Research Foundation (LSRF; site) three-year postdoctoral fellowship, awarded by Merck (site) - thank you!

I am interested in the mechanism(s) mediating resistance and tolerance to infection (host-parasite dynamics) and how mediation may affect physiological and behavioural responses of birds to disease. This knowledge is important to predict population-level disease dynamics in our changing climate.


I will continue as a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University (USA) investigating the neuroendocrine basis for disease resilience (HPA axis function and immunity) with Dr. Christine Lattin. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at Western University (Canada) exploring how avian malaria affects migratory behaviour and physiology of songbirds during migration. 


For more about my research interests, please visit my research page.

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Bird Capture Records (updated February 2020)

Captures available upon request.    

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