From growing up in eastern Nebraska, I've always been interested in the relationship between wildlife and agriculture. My first research experience at the University of Nebraska involved nest survival of songbirds on conventional and organic farms. After graduating, I moved to Texas to pursue a M.S. in wildlife biology. My research there examined nest survival and predation of White-tipped Doves (a gamebird) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border. My time in Texas was spent largely on research of White-tipped, Mourning, and White-winged Doves but I've also spent time on Northern Bobwhite and non-game species such as Green Jays and Clay-colored Thrush. I've been a teaching assistant for GIS and Wildlife Management Techniques courses and taught Wildlife Conservation and Management as an adjunct instructor. My current research revolves around grassland birds within the STRIPS project and biodiversity impacts of prairie restoration for biogas in Missouri.