August 2016 – Present
Starkville, Mississippi

PhD Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mississippi State University

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting original research on atypical Aeromonas hydrophila (aAh) infections in farm-raised Channel Catfish
  • Serving as a teaching assistant for departmental courses
  • Mentoring undergraduate students working in our lab
December 2015 – May 2016
Ullin, Illinois

Long-term Substitute Teacher

Century Jr./Sr. High School

Responsibilities included:

  • Teaching Jr. and Sr. High School mathematics and latin
  • Creating/implimenting lesson plans
  • Maintaining communication with parents/guardians
January 2015 – September 2015
Murray, Kentucky

Fisheries Technician

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Responsibilities included:

  • Collect age, sex, and size data from commercial harvest of American Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) and Asian carps (Hypophthalmichthys sp.) for management purposes
  • Help develop processing plants and food markets for Asian carps in Kentucky
  • General boat, truck, and building maintenance
August 2013 – December 2015
Murray, Kentucky

MS Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant

Murray State University

Responsibilities included:

  • Conducting original research on interactions between 4 native carnivorous fishes (Family: Lepisosteidae)
  • Serving as a teaching assistant for departmental courses
  • Mentoring undergraduate students working in our lab
August 2010 – July 2013
Murray, Kentucky

Undergraduate Researcher

Murray State University

Responsibilities included:

  • Aiding graduate students with field and lab work on various projects
  • Serving as Lab Safety Manager
  • Conducting original research on indentification metrics of native gar (Lepisosteidae) species
  • Training new/incoming undergraduate lab members

Selected Publications

Multi- and monofilament gill nets were fished simultaneously in a mid-order stream to evaluate their efficacy in capturing gar. Gars are notoriously difficult to sample for a variety of reasons, but good sampling protocols are important for proper monitoring and population estimation. We found that multifilament gill nets were 3 times more likely to capture atleast one gar compared monofilament gill nets. Most gar were captured by entanglement, rather than gilling, which likely some information on the underlying mechanism that lead to the multifilament gill net being more efficient since the multiple strands of twine should increase the likelihood of entanglement.
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Research Projects


Diet Comparison of Four Sympatric Gar Species

Masters thesis research investigating the diet overlap of four sympatric gar species: Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula), Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus), Shortnose Gar (L. platostomus), and Spotted Gar (L. oculatus) in the Clarks River of Kentucky.

Biocontrol of Proliferative Gill Disease using Gambusia

Evaluating the use of Gambusia spp. as a dead-end host for Henneguya ictaluri, the causative parasite of Proliferative Gill Disease (PGD).

Morphometric Analysis of Trematode Parasites

Using morphometric analysis to evaluate taxonomic designation of trematode parasites of the genus Apharyngostrigea.

Atypical Aeromonas in Catfish

My doctoral research investigating the eco-epidemiology of atypical Aeromonas hydrophila in farm-raised catfish.

Catalpa Creek

A collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University to assess the health of small streams of northeastern Mississippi.

Outreach: Magby Creek

An outreach project to teach urban high school students the skills and importance of monitoring stream health using water quality and macroinvertebrate communities.

Southern Brook Lamprey

Assessing tag retention and movement patterns of the Southern Brook Lamprey (Ichthyomyzon gagei).


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