I earned my BS (Wildlife Ecology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During veterinary school, I worked on research projects in the West Nile virus laboratory at the National Wildlife Heath Center.  I 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.  I worked as a general practitioner with an emphasis on special species for a year prior to being accepted into North Carolina State University’s American College of Zoological Medicine-approved Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology PhD program.  My doctoral research focused on the characterization of cold stun syndrome in North Carolina sea turtles using nuclear magnetic resonance-based metabolomics and random forest modeling.  I am a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (Board Certified Specialist in Zoological Medicine™) and serve on the Wildlife Population Health Disciplines Subcommittee and the Logo Redesign Committee.  I am interested in conservation medicine, the impacts of climate change on wildlife disease, effective science communication, and supporting the concept and practice of One Health.