I grew up on a farm in Ohio as the son of a seventh generation farmer and have been an avid birder for as long as I can remember. I received my B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, where I studied feather-degrading bacilli in the plumage of birds with Dr. Edward H. Burtt Jr. I am currently a PhD candidate at Tulane University working with Dr. Tom Sherry. I am interested in the evolution of niche breadth and overlap, as well as the ecological consequences on coexistence and community composition. My current research centers on interspecific competition and community structure in wintering migratory birds.