I am a west coast native, born and raised in LA, which gave me the opportunity to explore the expansive exhibits at the LA County Museum of Natural History. Through the museum's Dinosaur Institute, I got my first taste of paleontology, getting the opportunity to work in collections, learn fossil preparation, and conduct fieldwork. I obtained my B.A. in geology with a minor in biology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA (2012-2016) and then went on to obtain my Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Toronto (2016-2020). I have been a postdoc at UW since August 2020.