I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Wildlife Ecology in 2004 and was accepted into veterinary school. During veterinary school, I worked on research projects in the West Nile virus laboratory at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI. I received my doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. I then completed a one-year, rotating, small animal internship at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Northbrook, IL followed by a one-year avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery internship at Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. After working for one year as a general practitioner with a specific interest in special species, I was accepted into North Carolina State University’s ACZM-approved Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology PhD program. I successfully defended my doctoral research on the characterization of cold stun syndrome in North Carolina sea turtles using NMR-based metabolomics and random forest modeling in 2019.  I am interested in wildlife health, conservation medicine, and diseases of free-ranging wildlife at all scales, as well as the potential impact of climate change on wildlife disease.