I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo. My research applies ecological principles and theories to sustain and restore biodiversity in urban ecosystems. I am compelled by questions of how urbanization and other anthropogenic activities shape species distributions, populations, communities, and behaviors. Ecological processes continue to operate within urban landscapes, and cities can support species of conservation concern. Thus, cities remain an important venue for the conservation of biodiversity. Through my research, I aim to better understand fundamental ecological processes in urban ecosystems that can be applied to urban conservation issues and future urban planning.