I’ve brought my interests in the natural world to the study of biology approaching the discipline as both a naturalist and scientist. My research interests examine how resource and life history trade-offs effect the ecology and evolution of birds. Current work explores two themes: (i) the links between molt biology, feather quality, and the evolution of molt strategies across birds, and (ii) the selective mechanisms shaping nest morphologies within and across species of birds. To tackle these questions I use a combination of natural history collections, experiments, and comparative analyses. In addition to research, I’m also interested in promoting the use and awareness of natural history collections by involving students in museum activities, teaching museum workshops and specimen preparation courses, and building scientifically valuable collections.