I have always been interested in the biological and environmental sciences. There are so many interesting and unique aspects about the animal kingdom I want to continually learn about. I studied biology for my undergraduate degree in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida for my Master’s Degree in Marine Biology. I had always wanted to study jellyfish and other cnidarians and it was a worthwhile opportunity to do so. During that time, I was also a genetics laboratory assistant and reptiles/amphibians intern at the West Palm Beach Zoo.
Currently, I am a Ph.D student studying parasite-host interactions in caterpillar and wasp species to examine host-manipulation behavior. I have kept insects and arachnids for much of my life as exotic pets and plan to continue researching arthropods after completion of my terminal degree.
My research involves host-parasite interactions between the caterpillar Manduca sexta and parasitoid wasp Cotesia congregata. I also enjoy surveying arachnid populations across the American Southwest in Arizona and New Mexico.
Education – Degrees & Certifications
- B.S.: Marywood University, Biology and Environmental Science, 2010
- M.S.: Nova Southeastern University, Marine Biology, 2012
- Ph.D: Binghamton University, Biological Sciences: Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior (EEB Track), 2023