I am a new PhD student working with Dr. Liba Pejchar. I am currently completing an M.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU while conducting research on the consequences of mule deer habitat improvements in the Piceance Basin for songbird and small mammal assemblages. I am originally from Albuquerque, NM, but I moved to Durango, CO in 2005 to pursue a bachelorÃ¢??s degree in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College. Upon completion of my degree, I worked as a field technician on a variety of projects across Colorado before committing to pursue graduate studies. My PhD research will focus on evaluating the consequences of changes in frugivore diversity and abundance for seed dispersal services in tropical ecosystems. I plan to pursue an academic career that integrates my diverse research interests in conservation biology, invasion biology, restoration and reintroduction biology, plant-animal interactions, and the implications of species loss or species restoration for ecosystem functioning. Other professional interests include environmental education and minority student mentoring, and my recreational interests include mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, climbing, snowboarding, art and photography.