I am a postdoctoral researcher in the political science department at Montana State University. I study environmental politics with an emphasis on regulation, executive politics, federalism and state politics, political behavior and public opinion.

My research is motivated by an interest in when and how environmental problems elicit a political response. I am especially interested in how risk perception and policy narratives influence policy change, and how political incentives drive variation in the enforcement of existing policy.

I earned my PhD in political science from UC San Diego in 2018. My dissertation examined the politics driving timing and allocation of regulatory leniency with respect to endangered species law in the US. I am currently part of an interdisciplinary, international collaboration studying policy responses to bat population dynamics and Hendra virus spillover in Australia. My interest in environmental policy and politics builds on my previous experience quantifying human impacts on the marine environment as a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Whale Acoustics Lab.

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