A little bit about me

My research broadly focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic change, climate change as well and land cover change, on pathogen virulence and avian host immune response. Currently, I am a Gerstner Postdoctoral Scholar at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY working with Drs. Susan Perkins and Brian Tilston Smith.

I received my Ph.D. at the Texas A&M University working on avian malaria diversification in the lab of Dr. Gary Voelker. This was followed by postdoctoral position in Dr. Sarah Knutie’s lab looking at the affects of urbanization and an invasive parasite, Philornis downsi, on Darwin’s finches in the the Galapagos Islands.

I consider myself fortunate to have found science and research. As a young adult I was provided with opportunities to interact with researchers and mentors that exposed a world and opportunities that I didn’t even know existed when I was growing up. I seek to provide these opportunities and an inclusive environment in order open this world up to others.

I spend my free time with husband and cats, and enjoy reading fantasy, hiking, gardening, and swimming.

Header art by Melissa Ingala @batbiomes