I am a biologist, broadly interested in ecology and animal behavior. After 12 years in South Florida teaching and researching at Broward College and the University of Miami, I am now at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Living here offers easy access to the remarkable biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region, including the highest salamander diversity on Earth and the river with the highest fish diversity north of Mexico.
My current projects explore community ecology and animal communication. I am investigating potential explanations for the unusual diversity of jumping spiders and exploring the songs and dances of jumping spiders and alarm calls and tail gestures of eastern gray squirrels.