My research interests include evaluating ecosystem dynamics, specifically how organisms function in their environment and what role each plays in community and population coevolution. I am also interested in understanding evolutionary events, such as the emergence of novel traits and how they impact organisms' ecological interactions.
I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Evolution and Marine and Aquatic Science from Albright College in Reading, PA. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to participate in REU programs at the California Academy of Sciences, where I studied the evolution of novel features in sand dollars fossils, and at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University, where I studied how the biogeochemistry of lakes affects populations of wild rice. I was also part of the University of Vermont-EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) program, researching how sediment release in Lake Champlain affects cyanobacteria blooms. Prior to these experiences, I conducted two projects at the University of Puerto Rico studying the ecology and populations of foraminifera and oligochaetes and how these organisms can be used as bioindicators. I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Washington.