I am a broadly trained biologist with a passion for teaching and a commitment to inspiring and educating students through exposure to scientific research. I received my M.S. in Biology (Cell & Molecular program) and my Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology & Evolution program) from the University of Rochester and served as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Brian Husband at the University of Guelph. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Colgate University.
I have developed and taught courses as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, as a doctoral candidate and in my current position. I have supervised and mentored undergraduates throughout my career. My current research focuses on the genetic and ecological consequences of whole-genome duplication, or polyploidy, in flowering plants. My career goals focus on teaching and collaborating in a wide variety of courses that will leverage my experience and interest in the fields of ecology, evolution, genetics and molecular ecology. I look forward to establishing a research program with undergraduates at its core that will not only complete authentic and exciting research of broad significance, but will equip students with the tools necessary to think critically and understand how science works to discover and refine new knowledge.
My ultimate goal is to tie together the classroom and research - by not only bringing relevant scientific research into the classroom and talented students into my laboratory, but by using an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning to continually evaluate and improve learning outcomes.