I investigate human sleep patterns using wrist-worn actigraphy devices in order to understand human sleep patterns and they way those patterns affect our everyday lives. My main area of research involves measuring sleep patterns in high school and college students and looking at the intersections of sleep, academic performance, attention, depression, and chronotype (whether you are a morning or an evening person). I also have spent two years working at our field site in Argentina measuring sleep patterns in a traditional hunter-getherer society that lives without electricity to investigate the ways access to electrical lighting has altered human sleep.
I graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from the College of Wooster with my B.A in Biology. As an undergraduate, I received the Horace N. Mateer award in Biology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. Here at the University of Washington I have received the Top Scholar Award, the Riddiford-Truman Fellowship, and the Hoag Endowed Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Biology and was an Honorable Mention recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. I am also a Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center and frequently enjoy doing scientific education and outreach with the Evergreen School, Villa Academy, Roosevelt High School, the TAF Academy, and other organizations in the area.