I come to Emory & Henry by way of Boston, Massachusetts! My research interests focus on small mammal & amphibian systematics and evolutionary biogeography. In particular, glacial relic communities of high altitude montane spruce-fir forests in the southern Appalachians, and coastal island populations of the northeastern United States and Canadian Maritimes. 

     My current research in the area of southwest Virginia revolves around vertebrate community evolutionary biogeography of montane small mammals and salamanders. My students are conducting small mammal and salamander surveys on montane "habitat islands" to investigate differences among mountaintop populations along the Appalachian chain, and historical post-glacial colonization and dispersal. I plan to continue my coastal island work in southern New England (Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket), Maine (Mt. Dessert Island, Deer Island), and the Canadian Maritimes (Grand Manan Island, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, and Prince Edward Island) during the summer months.

     I have been teaching and working with undergraduate students for 20 years. Here at Emory & Henry, I'm teaching General Biology, Organismal Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Tropical Biology. 

Educational Background

Ph.D. Biology (2005) Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts-Systematics & Phylogeography of Insular White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) in northeastern North America.

M.Sc. Biology/Zoology (1997) Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts-Fossil Reptiles and Amphibians from the late Paleocene Bison Basin, Wyoming.

B.A. Biology/Marine Science (1991) Boston University