Tim is a PhD student in the McKenzie lab in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He studies host associated microbial communities, mainly in amphibians. The work he does in the McKenzie lab often falls at the intersection of ecology, microbiology, and conservation. For example, he is working on developing probiotic treatments to help amphibian populations declining due to the a recently emerged chytrid fungal pathogen. This pathogen is wiping out amphibians species all over the world, including Boreal toads here in Colorado. Before he was a graduate student, he was a high school science teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Tim am still interested in teaching, and currently serves as the EBIO lead for the Graduate Teacher Program, and he hopes to teach at the post secondary level after completing his PhD.
Tim served as Graduate Student Mentor to Blake Ocampo.