My research interests focus on the use of digital technology to expand natural history museum practices and improve scientific infrastructure in the natural sciences. This includes scientific data management, modern specimen preparation and conservation, and mechanical and digital fossil preparation.

Current Research Projects

Assessment of Natural History Collections Database Practices

Darwin Core Manifestations in Natural History Database Schemas

South-Central Section Student Travel Grant - Geological Society of America (2014)

Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)

Ruppenthal Student Travel Award - American Society of Primatologists (2011)

Undergraduate Mentor, Students Raising Students, Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)

Assessing the database practices of natural history collections, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Gainesville, FL (2015)

Connecting specimens and their derivative data in the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab's Navajo Nation Collection, Jackson School of Geosciences Research Symposium, Austin, TX (2014)

Creating a workflow for linking field notebooks and audio to specimens in the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab's collections, Advocating for Women in Technology iSchool Showcase, Austin, TX (2014)

Challenges in database selection & design, iDigBio - Leveraging Digitization Across Multiple Domains, Santa Barbara, CA (2014)

Database schemas for natural history collections, iDigBio - Leveraging Digitization Across Multiple Domains, Santa Barbara, CA (2014)

An assessment of natural history collections database practices, Geological Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2014)


GEO 302D Age of Dinosaurs Study Guide
As part of a database management graduate course offered by the School of Information, my group transferred a flash card and quiz module from the old GEO 302D Age of Dinosaurs CD to a MySQL database presented on a website to maximize student accessibility and the future ease of updating course material.