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Research Interests

Fisheries management, aquatic ecology, predator-prey interactions

Thesis project

Post-hooking mortality of blue catfish caught by jug fishing.



  • M.S. Natural Resource Ecology & Management – Fisheries Option, 2012.  Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • B.S. Biology, 2009 (summa cum laude, Departmental Honors). Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA


Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2012 – present).
  • Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (2010 – 2012).
  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Mammalogy), Department of Biology, Christopher Newport University (2008 – 2009).
  • Field Technician/Research Aide, Holistic Wildlife Services, Hampton, VA (2008-2009).
  • Research Aide, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA (2003- 2008).


Professional Memberships

  • Alpha Chi Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society


American Fisheries Society

  • Parent Society
  • Oklahoma Chapter
  • Student Subunit of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society


Activities & Awards

  • Secretary and Treasurer, Student Subunit of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
  • The W.P. Greene Merit Scholarship, Christopher Newport University, (2006-2007).
  • The Karl E. and Elizabeth H. Beamer Merit Scholarship Christopher Newport University, (2007-2008).
  • Christopher Newport University Honors Program Travel Award, to present at the annual AFS meeting, Ottawa, Ontario (2008).
  • Dean’s List (for every semester enrolled at Christopher Newport University).
  • Christopher Newport University Honors Program Scholar (2005-2009).
  • Student-Athlete Award for maintaining a high GPA while on the Christopher Newport University Sailing Team (2006, 2007).
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