My first research experience (2006) was as an undergraduate intern at James Cook University (Townsville, Australia) during a study abroad semester, and it immediately sparked my interest in a research career. At Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), my home undergraduate institution, I pursued my developing interest in biological research with Dr. Erica Crespi (2007-2008). Vassar’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute supported my research during summer 2007 at Vassar and summer 2008 at the Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia field station, Pembroke, VA). After teaching marine science for two seasons at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (Big Pine Key, FL), I completed my Ph.D. with Dr. Matthew Grober at Georgia State University (2009-2014). Incidentally, it was Grober Lab research that served as the basis for my first research project at James Cook University with then-doctoral student Dr. Ashley Frisch! My doctoral field research was conducted at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (University of Southern California field station, Catalina Island, CA). For research project details, please see my Research page.
I am now a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Hans Hofmann’s laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. It is my goal to pursue an academic faculty position where I can build an independent research program that centers my commitment to teaching and STEM public engagement.