Riley is a Mendenhall postdoctoral research fellow with the Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Riley's research is positioned at in the intersection of disease ecology and wildlife ecology. She applies statistical, mathematical, epidemiological, and ecological methodologies and theories to improve surveillance and management of wildlife and their diseases. Much of herwork involves integrating disparate data streams and using innovative quantitative tools to help managers and conservationists make decisions in the face of uncertainty. Most recently, she has focused on building an integrated species distribution model for North American amphibians.