I am a third year PhD student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington. My research focuses on applying spatiotemporal statistical models to questions in fisheries management and ecology. In particular, I am developing models for improving indices of abundance derived from fishery-dependent observations. I am also intereted in improving the computational efficiency and reliability of Bayesian model fits through the application of advanced Markov chain Monte Carlo tools like the No-U-Turn Sampler. Prior to graduate school I worked in aviation maintenance and the outdoor industry.
PhD in Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management, In progress
University of Washington
MS in Statistics, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks
BS in Biology & Physics, 2008
Spatially varying catchability for fishery-dependent CPUE standardization.
Accounting for preferential sampling in spatial models of catch and effort data
Incorporating nonstationary spatial processes by allowing for spatially varying covariance parameters.
Eliminating HMC divergences when fitting Bayesian state-space models for fish populations.
Course Assistant, 2016–present