I am a broadly trained biologist with a passion for teaching and a commitment to inspiring and educating learners of all ages and backgrounds 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 completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Brian Husband at the University of Guelph. I served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Colgate University and currently work as a Science Curriculum Designer at IXL Learning.
I have developed and taught courses as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps, as a doctoral candidate, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. I currently work to develop engaging and pedagogically rigorous online science content for elementary and middle school students. My career objectives focus on improving scientific literacy through teaching, outreach, and collaborating with stakeholders at multiple levels. I aim to leverage my experience in the fields of ecology, evolution, genetics, and molecular ecology to excite and inform learners of all ages and backgrounds.
My ultimate goal is to equip learners of all ages and backgrounds with the tools necessary to think critically and understand how science works to both discover and refine new knowledge.