Alli is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Denver broadly interested in animal population dynamics and behavioral ecology. Most of her graduate work has focused on her species of interest, the Mountain Plover. She is fascinated by this unusual shorebird because of its peculiar split-clutch mating system and preference for disturbed habitats far from any shore. Her work with the species includes studies on nest survival and population dynamics (M.S.) as well as ongoing work in migration and non-breeding ecology. Alli currently leads the monitoring effort of a population breeding at high-elevation in the Colorado (USA) but also collaborates in research at sites across the breeding and non-breeding range in the U.S. and Mexico.