I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Biology Department at Duke University. 

I'm originally from Michigan. I received my B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. Go Green! Now, I live in North Carolina with my boyfriend (Andrew) and our dog (Darwin) and cat (Squish). In my free time I enjoy running, gardening, drinking beer/coffee, reading, eating brunch, and exploring NC.


Why I Do Research

To me, research is a lot like reaching the top of a mountain or looking out at natural wonders like oceans or volcanoes. The journey itself is amazing, but in the end, it’s all about that moment when you reach your destination. That moment when you feel like you’re standing on the edge of something great, looking out at the world, and you can, for the first time, see it all in a different light. In that moment, your perspective on the whole world has changed. At Michigan State University I fell in love with the scale of biology, how one tiny chemical change could have a vast impact on the life of an organism, and how in turn that organism could change the ecosystem around it. Here at Duke University, I have been inspired to ask questions at an evolutionary time scale in order to understand who we are and why we are the way we are. Ultimately, both of these types of questions are founded in a love for discovery and awe of the world around us.