I am a fifth year PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico studying mammal functional ecology in the lab of Dr. Felisa Smith. My research interests are broad, but all rooted in understanding and protecting the Earth’s biodiversity. In particular, I am motivated to apply insights from the fossil record to modern conservation challenges. I use both theoretical and field-based methods to explore patterns in mammalian functional diversity through time and across space. Following the completion of my doctorate degree, I plan to continue a career in research and conservation.