I completed my dissertation at Oklahoma State University in 2019 working with Dr. Sarah DuRant. My dissertation explored how infection and perceived risk of infection alter behavioral, nutritional, and physiological responses relevant to disease susceptibility and transmission in songbirds. I continued to work in the DuRant lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2019-2021, where my research focused on disease-mediated maternal effects and explored whether diseases experienced by females prior to mating and egg laying can shape offspring immunity and responses to infection. I am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Sarah Knutie's lab at the University of Connecticut, where I am exploring how diet and gut microflora shape host defensive strategies and host-parasite interactions in box-nesting birds. Learn more about my research here. When I am not working, I enjoy being outdoors. My main hobbies include hiking, kayaking, playing video games, reading, and birding!
Fieldwork on the arctic tundra!
Examining how social cues of infection influence white blood cell counts.
Extracting DNA to analyze microbiota composition in relation to immune activation and diet.
Sharing my love for science with middle and high school students at the Women In Science conference.