Division of Biological Sciences
226 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Southern Utah University- Cedar City, Utah- BS in Biological Sciences, 2015
My research interests broadly encompass several aspects of population genetics, ecology, ethology, conservation, and habitat management. My work is heavily influenced by computer programming and software and I frequently utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Python programming language, R-Software Packages, QIIME, and overall population modeling in my research.
For my dissertation research, I am determining the population structure of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao), a small landlocked country in southeast Asia. I aim to determine overall connectivity between the heavily fragmented populations of elephant found there as well determine the implications of human growth and development on the species. Then using the population structure of Lao, I aim to determine connectivity and genetic profiles for Asian elephants throughout Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The overall objective of my research is to aid in Asian elephant conservation and management, reduce poaching for the illegal ivory trade, and combat human/elephant conflict zones.
I graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in chemistry in early 2015. As an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Laurie Mauger, I studied the mating structure and mate fidelity of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) found in Costa Rica (Budd et al., 2015). During that time, I was also a wildlife technician with the US Forest Service at Dixie National Forest monitoring forest indicator and threatened/endangered species, such as the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) and Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens).
Budd, Kiristin; Spotila, James R.; Mauger, Laurie A. (2015). Preliminary mating analysis of American Crocodiles, Crocodylus acutus, in Las Baulas, Santa Rosa, and Palo Verde National Parks, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. South American Journal of Herpetology. 10(1): 4-9.
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