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I am a James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, where I am a member of the Fagan lab. I received my Ph.D. from the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton University, where I was advised by Simon Levin. I also work with collaborators at the Santa Fe Institute and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. I use mathematical models inspired by biological systems to try to understand and make predictions about how collectives and social groups work. Starting in July 2018, I will be the Managing Director of Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, a non-profit organization in rural northern Virginia dedicated to the restoration of native plants and animals, ecological research, and environmental education.

I also like hiking, running, reading, painting, cooking, bird watching, and being outside, fueling my curiosity about the way nature works and looking for new questions to answer.